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In most cases, third-degree burns are caused by:
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. Symptoms can include skin that is:
The symptoms of a third-degree burn can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is. A child will usually be treated in a hospital unit that specializes in burns.
Treatment for a third-degree burn will depend on the severity of the burn. Burn severity is determined by:
Treatment for a third-degree burn may include:
A large third-degree burn heals slowly. After the burn heals, surgery may be needed. This is done to improve the ability to move, and to remove and repair scarred skin.
In some cases, skin grafting may be needed to close or cover the burn. A skin graft is a piece of healthy skin from one part of the body that is removed and put on an area that needs skin. The burn area that’s covered is called the graft site. The area where a piece of skin is taken is called the donor site. After a skin graft, the donor site looks like a scrape. After a skin graft:
Possible complications can include:
The following are some of ways to prevent burns in children:
Your child will receive treatment for a long period of time after a third-degree burn. Preventing and treating complications such as scars and contractures are part of ongoing care. Care may include:
Call your child's healthcare provider if your child has:
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