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Australian Statistics Say Burns are the Most Common Household Injury for Children

Australian Statistics Say Burns are the Most Common Household Injury for Children

According to Australian Statistics, burns are the most common household injury. Most burns are easily treated without serious health implications, depending on the severity.

There are 3 types of burns; first, second and third degree burns.

First Degree Burns

Also known as Superficial burns as they affect only the top layer of skin. The burn usually heals within 7-10 days without scarring.

1st degree

1st degree burns – burns involving the Epidermis


Symptoms of First Degree Burns

  • Non -blistered skin
  • Redness
  • Minor inflammation, or swelling
  • pain

Usually treated at home although it is advised to see medical attention if required.

Second Degree Burns

Also known as Partial Thickness burn as it involves more than one layer of the skin. Can take longer than three weeks to heal.

2nd degree

2nd degree burns – burns affecting the Epidermis and Dermis


Symptoms of Second Degree Burns

  • Deep redness.
  • Burned area may appear wet and shiny.
  • Skin that is painful to the touch.
  • Burn may be white or discoloured in an irregular pattern.

Treatment depends on the location, severity and kind if burn and your child’s Doctor will outline the best treatment regime, which could include;

  • Soaking the burn in cool water for 15 to 30 minutes
  • For small burns, place a damp, cool, clean cloth on the burn for a few minutes every day
  • Antibiotic cream or other creams or ointments prescribed by your doctor
  • Cover the burn with a dry non-stick dressing held in place with gauze or tape
  • For pain and swelling your Doctor can prescribe pain medication
  • Outpatient care for dressing changes

Third Degree burns

The most severe as the burn involves all layers of the skin. Immediate medical attention is required. Third degree burns can often involve nerve damage which can prevent your child from feeling any pain at all; this can be mistaken for a lesser degree burn. If your child has a significant burn and feels no pain you need to call 000 immediately.

3rd degree

3rd degree burns – burns affecting all layers


Symptoms of Third Degree Burns

  • Waxy in appearance
  • White in colour or dark brown
  • Raised and leathery in texture
  • Blisters that do not develop

Never attempt to heal or treat a third degree burn at home.

For any type of burn in a child, contact your doctor’s office for guidance as to how to proceed.


Emily Lockley

Emily Lockley is 32, which she thinks is a great age by the way, still young enough to want to have fun and just old enough to not really care about the dramas of your twenties.and not where she thought she would be. In saying that for the most part, she loves where she's at. Great partner, loving family, amazing friends, living in Melbourne..blah blah right?! There is always something else we want, for her that's a baby, but it's just not happening the way she thought it would. Emily is an infertility blogger who writes of her journey through fertility treatment and the longing to become a Mum in a very real, raw and honest way.

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