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Thread: 2nd degree maybe 3rd degree burns to hand, anyone?

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    Default 2nd degree maybe 3rd degree burns to hand, anyone?

    Sorry if I have posted this in the wrong place.

    My little man got his hand burnt today on our BBQ. We have been told, it's 2nd degree burns but possible 3rd degree burns across the base of his fingers that might need a skin graph.

    We feel terrible. And I guess I'm just after some reassurance from anyone everything will be fine, even if it is 3rd degree, that he will mend o.k.



    Do you know of anyone who's child had similiar burns to their hand? Could you tell me some reassuring news?

    Sorry for what might seem a stupid post, but I feel just terrible. My little man is my rock, and I am so upset I let this happen to him. He was so brave when they cut away his skin and dress it. I'm so proud of him. I just hope he doens't have to pay for our stupid mistakes.
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    I knew a little girl that burnt both the palms of her hands on a BBQ. I'm pretty sure it was 3rd degree. She had to get skin grafts but thats all i know. She healed up fine though and there was hardly any scaring thankfully. Hugs to you and your little guy. It's not your fault, these things happen. I hope his fingers heal fully and that he's not in too much pain.

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    Oh thank you for some reassurance.

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    Try not to punish yourself. You can't make them bullet proof, and you can't be everywhere and everything all at once. The fact you feel as you do about this shows that you're a loving and caring mother. You should see some of the stuff I did to myself as a kid, and this was with a mother who thought I had a terminal illness every other day (ie. it wasn't through lack of care).

    Being so young, his skin will heal and regenerate (and/or accept a graft) much more readily than an adult. The young body has a remarkable ablity to heal. By the time he's big enough to look after himself you'll probably be lucky to even see a mark. Good luck

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    Sorry to hear that Mel - *hugs* - I just know that something like that's going to happen to Pip soon, he gets into everything.


    Is he in hossy or now at home? Slyder has good advice.

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    Accidents happen. Being young gives him the best chance of recovery. Just make sure that you have the best available surgeon, someone who specialises in paediatrics.

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    Oh, you poor thing. I hope you're ok - the mental scars can be worse than the child's physical ones.

    Burns - are completely recoverable from. Scars on little ones do heal, given time.

    There is a fab Aussie burns doc who specialises in spraying cells onto burns wounds - can't recall her name but will try to find it for you. I've seen the work sprayed cells can do and it's amazing. More and more places should be doing it now. 3rd degree burn is completely through the skin, but 2nd/3rd means there should be no tissue damage, just skin, which does regrow.

    Loads of children get burn and scald injuries. It's not a sign of bad parenting. If it is, I'll join the bad mummy club - DS had a scald 5 months ago and he has nearly healed now, very little discolouration on the site.

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    Than you everyone for mang me a lttle better. just hope frday brngs good news.

    ( can't type eye's and cay's anymore, hope you could understand ths)

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    SOrry forgot to answer some questons. He s home now than god, and thanfully doen't seem to be too bothered by hs cast at all. he loos so cute and brave though. He s such a good lttle man, love hm to bts. just have to flush the burns through a tube 3 tmes a day untl frday. 'm so hopng he wll be fne. Than you all agan for your wonderful supportve words and thoughts.

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    I am sure he will be fine. I got 2/3 degree burns to one palm when I was little (We were playing tips out in the yard and decided to use the incinerator at "bar" - not knowing that it had been on all morning and was majorly hot) and while I can still see the scar it is only because I know where it is. It hasn't affected the function of my hand at all and doesn't cause me discomfort or anything like that - unlike the 2 degree burn I got on the other hand as an adult which causes me hassles all the time. Kids have an amazing ability to heal and recover.

    Give you little man a big hug from me - and tell him that he is being very brave.

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    Big big hugs to you Mel. Dont blame yourself as you are the best mummy ever and accidents happen - especially with boys I reckon. I am sure Friday will bring good news. More bui hugs to you and I am sure Mr Jack will be just fine - he is a tough one! Take care
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    Oh, they also told us because we appled frst ad so qucly, t should have saved the burns for burng deeper down. Thanfully we both are up to date wth frst ad, and had hs hand under runnng cold water for around 20mns untl the ambos arrved. He stll went nto shoc though, but hopefully we stopped more damage from happenng. Fngers crossed anyway.

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    i burnt my hand on an iron when i was 2 it was on xmas day and i still have the scar , its about 8cm in length and 5cm wide ... its on my left wrist ... its never been a problem for me and i have never had a skin graph ....

    its a big oval shape and is skin coulored , as long as his fingers are not restricted i would just keep it moisterised and see what time brings

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    This may sound awful, but I do think those little bandages do make boys look cuter! I thought my DS looked super-cute with a nasogastric tube as well... not that I want to see poorly babies, I'm just weird I guess. I'd much rather bandages not be needed, but when they are on they look adorable. Can we pretend that's a nursing instinct, that I love injured babies because they need evtra love when they're poorly? (There's a photo on this site with my DS's burn covered with a bandage, btw.)

    Well done on doing exactly the right thing with a burn wrt the cold water. So many people don't know that and the burn gets worse. I'm sure he'll be fine - the hospital wouldn't let you change dressings or clean the wound site if they were worried about you or him. I'm sure you'll have great improvement by Friday.

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    I think first aid training should be provided to all expectant couples. Well done in reacting with FA - not many people actually stop panicking long enough to put what they learn into practice.

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    Poor Jack! Oh Mel I'm so sorry...poor little man (and poor mum!)
    I hope his hand heals up ok...don't be too hard on yourself boys are quick!

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    Mel - it's a hospital in Perth that does the autologous epithelial cell spraying, but I'm sure it will have spread by now if you ask about it.

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    Thanks for the info on the autologous epithelial cell spraying, hopefully it won't come to that though, I'm preying.

    I feel so bad for him. He has become so fragile the since the accident. He won't sleep. He wakes up screaming and will only settle if I hold him. And will start again if I go to put him down. Could it be he is having nightmares? I don't think it's hurting him, as he is o.k during the day, just very clingy. He only slept for 1 hour today and has already woken up twice tonight, screaming hysterically. Does anyone have any ideas? I feel so bad to let him cry, I just can't, it's not normally like him to do so. But I also don't want him to get into a bad habit of not settling himself. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Only 2 more days until the dressings come off, and we know for sure what we are dealing with.

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