Home care for burns not on the face - For burns that are not on the face (1924)

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Using Silvadene® or Sulfamylon

Your child has a burn injury that you can care for at home. Read and follow these important instructions. Doing so will help prevent infection and will help your child’s wound heal properly.

You will need to change the bandages every day. Changing your child’s bandages every day will help keep the wound clean, free of infection and help it heal.

What supplies will I need?

What medicines will I use for my child’s burns?

Give your child this medicine for relief of pain for dressing changes and also in between dressing changes as needed.

How do I change the dressing?

First, get ready for the dressing change.

Second, clean your child’s burn wounds.

NOTE: Old medicine will look slimy on the wound. This is normal; it is not a sign of infection.

Third, put on new dressing: wrapping.Wrap arm in gauze

What should I do if the dressing gets dirty before the next dressing change?

What else can I do to help my child heal?

Does my child need to see the doctor or nurse again?


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child:

  • Has signs of infection. This includes redness, swelling, bad-smelling or green-colored drainage.
  • Has a temperature over 101.2° F (38° C).
  • Is not interested in eating or drinking or is eating or drinking very little.
  • Is nauseated or vomiting.
  • Has pain or itching that is not relieved by medicine.
  • Has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.
    Or if you:
  • Run out of medicine or dressing supplies for your child.
  • Are not able to care for the burn at home.