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Burn Prevention in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about burn prevention?

A burn injury happens when skin is exposed to too much heat or a harsh chemical. Burn injuries are common among children. Severe burns can be life-threatening. You can prevent burn injuries by learning about the causes and how to keep your child safe.

What may cause a burn injury?

Contact burns often happen when children reach for objects without knowing that they are hot. The most common causes of burns are hot objects such as an iron, a skillet, cigarettes, or fireworks. Children may also get burned when they play with matches or lighters. Some other causes of burn injuries include the following:

What can I do to prevent contact burns?

What can I do to prevent burns caused by hot liquids or steam?

What can I do to prevent other types of burns?

What can I do to improve fire safety in my home?

Call 911 for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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