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After a Burn: When to Call Your Child's Healthcare Provider

After a Burn: When to Call Your Child's Healthcare Provider

It's important to contact your child's healthcare provider if your child has any of these:

  • Not eating or drinking well

  • Antisocial or disruptive behavior at home or school

  • Signs of infection, such as the healing burn areas change and become red, warm, swollen, very sore, or have a bad smell

  • Uncontrollable itching

  • Scar cracks open or splits

  • Tissues around a joint tighten and the joint is hard to move

  • Burn is on an arm or leg and your child has trouble moving that limb and the affected fingers or toes

  • A lot of swelling in the injured area

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C), or higher, or as advised by the provider

If it seems that the dressing changes are painful for your child, talk about pain medicine with your child's provider.

Reviewed Date: 04-01-2022

After a Burn: When to Call Your Child's Healthcare Provider

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.