Pediatric Burn Care
Providing timely and professional care to pediatric burn victims can make a huge impact on their lives, not only cosmetically but also psychologically. Dr. Amaya and his expert staff apply complex wound care management to their pediatric patients, providing comprehensive treatment of both first-degree and second-degree burns. With the help of his staff, Dr. Amaya can expertly repair damage resulting from first and second-degree burns using advanced wound dressings, all while providing an exceptional and personal level of care to each and every patient.
Types of Burns
Many different types of injuries can cause burns, including scalds, electrical burns, radiation burns, sunburns, contact burns, chemical burns and frostbite or other cold-related injuries. When a burn has been established, it can range from first-degree to third-degree. At his clinic, Dr. Amaya specializes in treating first-degree and second-degree burns for his pediatric patients. Third-degree burns are best managed in a hospital setting due to their critical nature. Understanding the difference is essential in making a diagnosis and determining what type of medical treatment is required.
First-degree burns do not extend beyond the epidermis, the superficial top layer of the skin. These burns do not blister but may feel relatively painful. Most first-degree burns will heal in four to seven days and without scarring, especially if given the proper medical attention at their onset.
First-degree burns often have a red appearance similar to sunburn. The affected skin is typically dry and may show signs of light swelling.
Second-degree burns extend beneath the epidermis and into the layers of the dermis, the living tissue beneath the surface of the skin. A second-degree burn typically blisters, as the cells of the epidermis are killed. Second-degree burns can range in their severity, including both superficial partial-thickness burns and deep dermal burns. Scars and other complications are possible if not managed appropriately.
Wounds resulting from second-degree burns will appear red or pink. Visible blisters usually indicate that the burn has extended beneath the epidermis and reached the dermis. Second-degree burns typically heal within two to three weeks, especially with specialized and prompt burn treatment.
The Importance of Early Treatment
Although early findings after a burn injury may be minor in appearance, such injuries may worsen over time and progress into more complicated conditions. Dr. Amaya and his staff are experts in determining when and if a minor burn may result in a more serious condition. An in-office early assessment can prevent these complications from arising and give parents peace of mind.
Complications from Burn Injuries
While burns create painful and bothersome wounds that may result in unwanted cosmetic scarring, their ramifications can reach beyond a temporary wound. Eschars, dark and dry scabs that form from moderate to severe burns, can make movement difficult by creating tightness around limbs and joints. Burns can also extend beyond surface level and cause damage to the muscles, bones and nerve tissue, affecting much more than just physical appearance.
In addition to the physical challenges burns present, children can face psychological consequences after suffering disfigurement or a traumatic injury at such a young age. When it comes to pediatric burn care, time is of the essence to promote healthy and prompt healing.
Pediatric Wound Care & Laser Specialists
At Pediatric Wound Care & Laser Specialists, Dr. Amaya and his expert staff specialize in all facets of pediatric wound care. As the only pediatric wound care center in the Houston area, we are proud to offer all of our patients and their families the specialized treatment they need to receive optimal results. If your child has recently suffered a burn and needs immediate treatment or has aesthetic or functional concerns resulting from a previous burn, then schedule an appointment with our caring team of professionals to learn how we can help. Call us today at 713-464-9776.