You may use any double antibiotic ointment. The ointment helps protect against infection and keeps the burn moist.
- Change the dressing once daily at bath or shower time.
- If needed, give a dose of pain medication prior to the dressing change and wait 30 minutes.
- Remove the dressing before giving your child a bath or shower. Soak the burn for 10-15 minutes. Use soap and water on a soft wash cloth to gently clean the burn area.
- Pat the burn dry.
- If the burn covers a joint (knee, elbow, finger) or is on the palm of the hand, do stretches while the dressing is off.
- Apply the antibiotic ointment to the burn then cover with a non-stick gauze and wrap with the supplies given to you.
- Yellow drainage from the burn is normal and is not a sign of infection.
- Bleeding sometimes occurs during the dressing change. Bleeding is a good thing because it is a sign of healthy tissue. Hold pressure with gauze or clean wash cloth to stop the bleeding if necessary.
Signs of infection
- Redness around the burn with or without a rash
- Blue/green drainage
- Fever of more than 101°F (38.3°C)
If you see any signs of infection or have any other questions or concerns, please call the Burn Unit at (816) 234-3520.