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The first step in helping to protect kids from burns is to understand how common burns happen:
Knowing the type of burn a child has can help with first-aid measures. All burns should be treated quickly to lower the temperature of the burned area and reduce damage to the skin and tissue underneath (if the burn is severe).
Superficial (shallow) burns are the mildest type of burns. They’re limited to the top layer of skin:
These burns are more serious and involve the top layer of skin and part of the layer below it.
These burns (also called third-degree burns or fourth-degree burns) are the most serious type of burn. They involve all layers of the skin and the nerve endings there, and may go into underlying tissue.
Call for emergency medical care. Then, follow these steps until help arrives:
Chemical burns and electrical burns might not always be visible, but can be serious because of possible damage to internal organs. Symptoms may vary, depending on the type and severity of the burn and what caused it.
If you think your child may have swallowed a chemical substance or an object that could be harmful (for instance, a button battery), first call poison control at (800) 222-1222. Then, call 911 for emergency medical help.
It helps to know what chemical product the child has swallowed or has been exposed to. You may need to take it with you to the hospital.
Keep the number for poison control, (800) 222-1222, in an easily accessible place, such as on the refrigerator.
Scald burns from hot water and other liquids are the most common type of burn young kids get. Here’s what to do if your child is burned.
Take the time now to review fire safety facts and tips to prevent fires in your home.
Find out how to prevent – and be ready for – a fire in your home.
You can treat mild sunburn at home. But severe sunburn needs medical attention. Here’s what to do.
By teaching kids how to enjoy fun in the sun safely, parents can reduce their risk for developing skin cancer.
Before your family celebrates a holiday, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.
Burns are a potential hazard in every home. In fact, burns – especially scalds from hot water and liquids – are some of the most common childhood accidents. Here’s how to protect kids from burns.
In an emergency, it’s hard to think clearly about your kids’ health information. Here’s what important medical information you should have handy, just in case.
Fireworks safety starts with the manufacturer, but it ends with you! Read these tips on handling fireworks safely and have a blast on the Fourth!
It’s fun to be outside on a hot, sunny day. But too much sun and heat can make you feel terrible. Find out how to stay safe in this article for kids.
Fireworks are cool to watch, but it’s best to let the professionals set them off. Find out more in this article for kids.
A first-degree burn is one that only hurts the top layer of skin.
A second-degree burn is one that hurts the top two layers of skin.
A third-degree burn is one that damages all the layers of the skin and the tissue beneath the skin.
Cooking and baking are lots of fun – as long as you stay safe. Read this article for safety tips before you head into the kitchen.
With all the options out there, choosing a sunscreen for your kids can be tricky. Here’s what you need to know.
If you think that your child has taken a poison and he or she is not alert, call 911. Otherwise, contact your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
From fertilizer to antifreeze and medicines to makeup, poisonous items are throughout our homes. Here’s how to protect your kids from ingesting a poisonous substance.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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