Surface (or superficial partial thickness) burns to the limbs and body will be dressed with an appropriate dressing. Dressings protect the injury and promote healing. Please keep the dressing clean and dry and leave in place unless otherwise advised.
Take pain killers such as paracetamol and/or ibuprofen regularly if it is painful, following the packet instructions. It is recommended to have pain killers 30 minutes before a dressing change to ease discomfort.
Elevation of the affected area, when possible, will also help relieve discomfort and reduce swelling.
The dressing typically needs to be changed twice per week until the injury is healed. The first change will often occur in the Paediatric Emergency Department. If healing well, further appointments should be made with your GP’s practice nurse.
To prevent infection, the dressing will require changing sooner if:
The main complication of a burn injury is infection. Please seek medical advice early if your child experiences any of the following signs or symptoms:
Please contact 111 or return to the Emergency department immediately if your child experiences any of the following:
Returning to school/nursery and usual daily activities
If you have any concerns contact your GP or call 111.
Information within this leaflet references the London and South East Burns network ‘Caring for children with minors burns’, patient information leaflet, June 2017 (last accessed 22/02/23). Further information can be found at www.lsebn.nhs.uk.