Roger Friedman, MD
William A. Stefani, MD
Olga Bachilo, MD
Most boiling water burns are second-degree burns. If the burn heals in less than 2-3 weeks, it should not leave any significant scar. Most hot water burns do not require skin grafting. If it does not heal in 3 weeks, though, you may need to take her to a burn specialist.
If the burn is recent and there is an open wound, then surely a skin graft would be beneficial. If this is an older burn and there is a functional problem with movement of the fingers, then a contracture release with possible skin graft may help.
Hope this helps.
Hugo St-Hilaire, MD, DDS, FACS
If it is minor, it should heal just with wound care. If the burn is deeper with signs of compromised skin viability, a full thickness skin graft maybe appropriate. In chronic cases, if there is a decreased range of motion of the hand, then there is an indication for a skin graft. Most likely, the only care your son will need is wound care with creams like Vaseline.
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All the best,
Dr. George M. Varkarakis, M.D.