If your child gets burned, you can rely on the exceptional pediatricians at Manchester Pediatric Associates. They offer burn treatments for babies, children of all ages, and teenagers. To make an appointment for your child at their offices in South Windsor, or Tolland, Connecticut, call the nearest office or request an appointment online today.

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What are burns?

Burns cause tissue damage to the skin after exposure to heat, sun, radiation, or electrical or chemical irritants. Burns in children might be mild, moderate, or severe and life-threatening. The experts at Manchester Pediatric Associates can treat burns to reduce pain and your child’s risk of complications.

What are the signs and symptoms of burns?

Signs and symptoms of burns include:

  • First-degree burns: skin redness and burning pain
  • Second-degree burns: blisters, swelling, redness, white or splotchy skin, and pain
  • Third-degree burns: black, brown, or white patches of skin, leathery skin, and pain

First-degree burns affect the outermost skin layers, while second-degree burns affect outer and middle skin layers. Third-degree burns are the most severe and can destroy your nerves (causing numbness).

Complications that can develop with widespread or deep burns include infections, excessive fluid loss, a low body temperature, overgrown scar tissue, and joint and bone problems.

What are the risk factors for burns?

Risk factors for getting burned include exposure to:

  • Sunlight
  • Tanning beds
  • Radiation
  • Hot steam
  • Hot liquids
  • Fire
  • Electrical currents
  • Chemicals

At the first sign of a painful or severe burn, schedule a same-day appointment with the Manchester Pediatric Associates team.

How does my child’s provider diagnose burns?

To diagnose the type and severity of burn your child has, their pediatric specialist reviews how the burn occurred and examines your child’s skin. They may recommend X-rays, lab tests, or other diagnostic procedures. Manchester Pediatric Associates providers can refer your child to a burn center for severe burns or those that cover more than 10% of their body’s surface.

What are common burn treatments for kids?

Common treatments for burns include:

Home remedies

Things you can do at home to treat mild burns include placing burned tissue under cool running water or applying a cold wet compress to the affected area. Avoid breaking blisters that form because of a burn. You can apply lotion to the burn and bandage it when necessary. Over-the-counter pain relievers help reduce discomfort caused by burns.

Medical intervention

The Manchester Pediatric Associates team offers ultrasound mist therapy, IV fluids to prevent dehydration, medications, burn creams, dressings, and tetanus shots.

Physical and occupational therapy

Physical and occupational therapy allow burned skin to stretch better during the healing process. Therapy also enhances muscle coordination and strength.

Specialist referrals

The Manchester Pediatric Associates team can refer you to specialists or inpatient care as needed for breathing assistance, surgical treatments like skin grafts and plastic surgery, and feeding tubes for additional nutrition support.

If your child gets burned and it’s painful or severe, see Manchester Pediatric Associates as soon as possible. Call the office to schedule an appointment or request one online today.