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First-Degree Burns in Children

Key Points about First-Degree Burns in Children

  • First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of the skin.
  • They may be caused by the sun, hot water or hot objects.
  • They are treated by applying cold, like running water or a cold cloth, at first. Creams or lotions may be applied.


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The pediatric specialists at Children's National Hospital have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage conditions of the skin, nails and hair common in infant and younger patients. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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    Trauma Care

    Children's National has the only Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in the Washington, D.C., area and accepts trauma patients from all geographic areas. We partner with the Maryland Shock Trauma System to provide coverage in Montgomery, Prince George's County, St. Mary's, Calvert and Charles counties.

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    The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.