Burn and Trauma Care Silver Sulfadiazine (SSD)
Burn and Trauma Care Silver Sulfadiazine (SSD)

SSD is a thick, white cream used on burns to prevent infection and help with healing. 

  • 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, then give 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 SSD, then wrap with the dressings 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.

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