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
  • Flames
  • Skin that briefly comes in contact with a hot object
  • Sunburn
  • Chemicals
  • Electricity

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:

  • Blistered
  • Deep red
  • Swollen
  • 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.