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When should you call 911 about a burn or scald on a child?

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You should call 911 about a burn or scald on a child if:

  • The burned area is charred or white.
  • Electric shock or chemicals caused the burn.
  • The burn is on the face, hands, feet, genitals, or a joint.
  • The burn covers 10% or more of the body.
  • The burn is oozing or seems infected (red, swollen, tender).

From: Treating Burns and Scalds in Children WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 8, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/8/2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Burns."

HealthyChildren.org: "Treating and Preventing Burns."

Journal of the American Medical Association : "Burn Injuries."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 8, 2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Burns."

HealthyChildren.org: "Treating and Preventing Burns."

Journal of the American Medical Association : "Burn Injuries."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 8, 2019

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