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Skin Problems - Bites, Blisters and Burns 


Your child may be bitten by a dog, cat or another child. If this happens, call the doctor immediately. Wash the wound with soap and water for about 15 minutes. Try to stem the bleeding, if any, and cover the wound with a sterile bandage. Do not apply antiseptic. The doctor may need to give your child a booster tetanus shot or antibiotics if there is an infection.


When any part of the body has been chafed, rubbed or burned, the skin forms a blister as a protective measure. Do not prick a blister on any account. The blister will subside naturally and the skin will become dry and hard.


In the case of a minor burn, simply pour cold water over it; the colder the better.  Do not apply any ointment and never burst a blister.  The best treatment is to cover the injury with clean gauze or a fresh cotton handkerchief.  In the case of serious burns, you should immediately take him to a hospital emergency room for proper treatment.


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