Burns/Scalds - guides for parents
Burns and scalds are damage to the skin caused by heat. Both are treated in the same way.
A burn is caused by dry heat – by an iron or fire, for example. A scald is caused by something wet, such as hot water or steam.
Burns can be very painful and may cause:
- red or peeling skin
- white or charred skin
The amount of pain you feel isn't always related to how serious the burn is. Even a very serious burn may be relatively painless.