Chapter 20. Burns

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician1,2,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow3 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer4,5
  1. Russell Taylor MBBS, FRACS Director of General Surgery

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch20

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Taylor, R. (2009) Burns, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch20

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 2

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 3

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 4

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 5

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051



  • burns - preventing and treating shock;
  • estimating surface area burned and assessment of depth of burn;
  • respiratory management;
  • fever in patients with burns and antibiotic choice;
  • children with burns - receiving high-calorie diet of adequate protein, vitamin and iron supplements;
  • severe burns - marked increase in metabolic rate and gastric tube feeding with complete fluid diet;
  • local wound care - minimal debridement of loose skin by exposed or closed methods;
  • follow-up - healed burns and grafts kept soft with emollients;
  • physiotherapy and occupational therapy - commencing early and continuing throughout course of burn care;
  • maltreated children in burns unit - psychological and psychiatric consultation required


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Treatment aims

  • Assessment

  • First aid

  • Minor burns

  • Major burns