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BURNS :: Returning Home After a Burn Injury

When to Call Your Child's Physician

It is important to contact your child's physician in the following situations:

  • if your child is not eating or drinking well
  • if there is antisocial or disruptive behavior at home or school
  • if there are signs of infection (healing burn areas change and become red, warm, swollen, extremely tender, and have foul odor)
  • if there is uncontrollable itching
  • if the scar cracks open or splits
  • if a contracture occurs
  • if your child's temperature is greater than 101.5° F rectally or by mouth
  • if it appears that the dressing changes are painful for your child (you may want to discuss pain medication with your physician)

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It is important to remember the health information found on this website is for reference only not intended to replace the advice and guidance of your healthcare provider. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.
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