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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 is important to contact your child's healthcare provider in the following situations:

  • If your child is not eating or drinking well

  • If there is antisocial or disruptive behavior at home or school

  • If there are signs of infection (healing burn areas change and become red, warm, swollen, extremely tender, or have a foul odor)

  • If there is uncontrollable itching

  • If the scar cracks open or splits

  • If the tissues around a joint tighten and the joint loses mobility (contracture)

  • If the burn is on an arm or leg and the child has trouble moving that limb and thee affected fingers or toes

  • If there is excessive swelling in the injured area

  • If your child's temperature is greater than 101.5° F (38.6° C) rectally or orally

  • If it seems that the dressing changes are painful for your child (you may want to discuss pain medicine with your healthcare provider)

Reviewed Date: 08-01-2018

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.