October 17, 2007
Health Tip: Minimize Scarring After a Burn
Steps to help your child heal
(HealthDay News) - Most serious burns will cause scarring. Although some scarring may always be visible, there are steps you can take to help minimize their appearance on your child.
The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital offers these suggestions:
- Wear a pressure garment around the burn.
- Wear a splint to prevent a contracture -- a serious complication of burn scarring that can restrict movement.
- Perform exercises recommended by a physical therapist that promote a wide range of motion.
- Encourage your child to be active and to do things independently. Daily activities will help keep the scar area stretched and prevent complications.