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Child got second degree burns. How long it will take to heal? Will it leave any scars?

Hello doctor ..My son ( a toddler ) had a poridge that was hot fell on his hands 3 days ago .. We are told that it is second degree burns and asked to do dressing every day .. Situation :- The proridge was prepared and kept in a cereal bowl which he toppled and the liquid fell on his hands..He is 20 months old Questions 1) How long would the healing period take? 2) Would this leave any burn scars? 3) When would his skin come back to normalcy?
Asked On : Sat, 7 Apr 2012
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Second-degree burns are defined as those burns in which the entire epidermis and variable portions of the dermis layer are heat destroyed. A superficial second-degree (partial thickness) burn is characterized by heat injury to the upper third of the dermis leaving a good blood supply.

1) How long would the healing period take?
Despite loss of the entire basal layer of the epidermis, a burn of this depth will heal in two to four weeks if non-infected due to repopulation of the epithelial cells that are also present in skin appendages, anchored deep in the dermis. Minimal to no scarring is expected to occur.
2) Would this leave any burn scars?
Minimal to no scarring is expected to occur.
3) When would his skin come back to normalcy?
Burn scars undergo maturation, at first being red, raised and uncomfortable. They frequently become hypertrophic and form keloids. They flatten, soften and fade with time, but the process is unpredictable and can take up to two years.

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NOTE: Make sure that the wound does not get infected and you strictly follow the guidelines of the treating doctor and go for regular follow up visits.
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