How Can I Tell How Severe My Child's Scald Injury Is?

If your child has a large scald burn, you should consider it serious, and get immediate medical attention. If the burn has blisters or develops blisters within a day or two, it is not a first-degree burn. If the burn is deeper than the outermost layer of skin or looks worse than a sunburn, it is at least a second-degree burn. You should only try to treat small, first-degree burns at home. All other burns should receive immediate treatment at an emergency room or burn center. For any severe scald, immediately call 9-1-1.

What Should I Not Do for My Child's Scald Burn?

Even if the injury is only a small, superficial burn, never apply ice, ice water, butter, oil, or anything frozen. Only allow things that are sterile to touch the surface of the injury. Do not use the dangerous home remedies of raw meat, meat tenderizer, frozen food, or vinegar to the burn as they can make it worse and cause infection. If at any time you see signs of infection, get immediate medical attention. An infected burn can quickly lead to sepsis, which can cause organ failure or death.

If your child suffered a scald injury, contact the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, PC to learn who may be liable for your child's damages. Our team will explain how filing a personal injury claim can provide the compensation your child needs to cover medical bills and long-term financial, physical, and emotional damages. Call 404-474-0804 today.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.
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