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After a child has received and been treated for a burn, the burn dressings need to be changed at home.
Below are general guidelines for caring for your child at home after he or she has experienced a burn.
Wash the burned area twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. After bathing, apply a clean dressing as described below.
In general, your child can resume all normal activities, unless otherwise directed by your child's doctor. Encourage normal movement of the burned body part.
Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids and to eat a high-calorie, high-protein diet. Skin tissue needs lots of calories to heal.
Pain medication may be given for discomfort. Your child's doctor will instruct you on the dosage and type of medicine to be given. Give medication at least 30 minutes before changing the dressing.
Last Updated 03/2016
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