Second-Degree Burn in Children
What is a second-degree burn in children?
A burn is damage to tissues of the body caused by contact with things
such as heat, radiation, or chemicals. A second-degree burn affects the outer layer of
skin (epidermis) and part of the inner layer of skin (dermis).
What causes a second-degree burn in a child?
In most cases, second-degree burns are caused by:
- Very hot water
- Skin that briefly comes in contact with a hot object
What are the symptoms of a second-degree burn in a child?
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. Symptoms can include skin that is:
- Deep red
- Wet and shiny
- Painful to the touch
- White or discolored in an irregular pattern in the burn area
The symptoms of a second-degree burn can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
How is a second-degree burn diagnosed in a child?
The healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and
health history. He or she will give your child a physical exam. The diagnosis of a
second-degree burn is based on the signs and symptoms, and recent exposure to something
that can cause a burn. This may be the sun, something hot, or a chemical.