First-degree burns affect only the epidermis, or outer layer of skin. The burn site is red, painful, dry, and with no blisters. Mild sunburn is an example. Long-term tissue damage is rare and usually consists of an increase or decrease in the skin color.
In most cases, first-degree burns are caused by the following:
The following are the most common signs and symptoms of a first-degree burn. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of a first-degree burn may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
Specific treatment for a first-degree burn will be determined by your child's physician, based on the following:
First-degree burns usually heal on their own within a week. Treatment may depend on the severity of the burn and may include the following:
First-degree burns are usually not bandaged. Consult your child's physician for additional treatment for first-degree burns.