What to do if Your Child Gets Burned No matter how careful and vigilant a parent may be, accidents sometimes happen. If your child gets burned, immediate action will soothe the pain and speed healing. For first or second degree burns: Run cold water over the burn immediately (do not apply ice or butter). Cover the area with a clean bandage or cloth For a second degree burn, do not break a blister that may appear, and after pain has subsided, apply an antibacterial ointment to speed healing. For more serious burns: See a healthcare professional immediately. Cover burn with a clean, dry cloth. Do not apply any ointments, ice, or butter.