Summer Burn Safety

July 03, 2018

Paul Glat, MD, Director, Stuart J. Hulnick Burn Center at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Now that the summer season is officially here, it’s important to share with your children the significance of burn safety. As the only dedicated and verified pediatric burn center in the region, the Stuart J. Hulnick Burn Center at St. Christopher’s wants to remind you of the importance of protecting children from burns this summer.

Sun Safety

  • Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 should be applied every two hours and after swimming, sweating or drying off with a towel.
  • Let your child see you applying sunscreen, wearing sunglasses, staying hydrated and being sun smart.
  • Helpful tips to soothe sunburn include
    • Giving an anti-inflammatory medication (ibuprofen or acetaminophen) to lessen pain
    • Drawing a cool (not cold) bath to alleviate heat
    • Applying an aloe vera gel to sunburned skin, or putting a topical moisturizing cream to rehydrate the skin and treat itching
    • Giving extra fluid for the next two to three days

Firework Safety

  • Parents are encouraged to never allow children to play with fireworks or sparklers.
  • Fireworks and sparklers can cause burn, eye and hand injuries.
  • If a child does play with fireworks or sparklers the following precautions should be taken:
    • The use of fireworks and sparklers should always be monitored
    • Always conduct fireworks in an open area
    • Never place any part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting the fuse
    • Always use eye protection
    • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
    • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly
    • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them
  • For any injuries that do occur:
    • Cool the area
    • Pack any body parts in gauze and ice
    • Take your child to the local Emergency Room or Burn Center if there is one in the area
  • We do not recommend that families play with fireworks. It’s best to enjoy fireworks from a distance and handled by professionals.

The summer is a great time to share burn safety tips with your family. I hope these tips are beneficial and always know you can turn to your pediatrician for more help.

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is a proud partner with Shore Medical Center, providing the Jersey shore with 24/7 access to our highly skilled pediatric specialists at Shore’s state of the art Pediatric Care Center. To learn more about St. Christopher’s, visit www.stchristophershospital.com. To learn more about Shore’s Pediatric Care Center, visit www.shoremedicalcenter.org/centers/maternity_pediatrics/pediatrics.