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Earlier today my 8 month old daughter pulled onto the cord of my straightener  and it ended up falling and her right forearm touched it. She cried for a little, and I saw no sign of a burn. Now I see a dark red mark on her forearm. There is no broken skin and no blistering just yet. Is there anything I can give her for her red mark?

Thank you!

Hello Michele,

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's injury. Burns can be deceiving, even a seemingly minor burn can end up being more serious than originally thought. We can only see the very top (outer layer of the burn) and there is usually additional damage to deeper tissue. Some tissue goes through a process of further damage depending on how immediate treatment is started. This is especially true in children who's tissues are thinner and more sensitive. Your best option is to take your daughter to a hospital that has a burn specialty group (or call your pediatrician and find out what hospital(s) have a burn center). You have to think of that "red mark" for what it is, a burn, damaged tissue that will undergo a process of restructuring and regrowth, it takes time. If anything, if I had the option, I would want slower healing time to reduce complications from scar tissue.

Good luck, I hope she recovers quickly.


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I am available to answer most questions related to: first aid, pre- hospital medicine, EMT and Paramedic questions, medical transport, critical care transport, ICU/CCU care, sedation, and medicine in general.


I have worked as a NYS Paramedic since 1993 for both community based ambulance companies and large commercial agencies. I Have experience as bike team commander, and shift supervisor for a commercial ambulance. As a member of the Disaster team I was deployed to Louisiana for 20 days following hurricane Katrina. I worked along side the county Haz-Mat team as a "Tox-Medic" with advanced training in treating injuries from chemical agents. Besides my experience on the on the ambulance I have worked in a number of hospital based offices including dialysis and a sleep lab.

I started my EMS career as a NYS CFR (Certified First Responder)in 1989, an EMT in 1991, a Paramedic since 1993, and a CCU transport paramedic since 2005. I currently hold certification as a: NYS Paramedic, Critical Care Transport Paramedic, ACLS/CPR/PALS certified. Advanced Haz-Mat Life Support certified (AHLS). In the past I have taught CPR and ACLS to my coworkers and the local community.

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