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Home Wound Care

Healing skin can be dry

The burn damages the glands in the skin that make oils. Until the glands work again, you can put lotion on your child's dry skin. Cocoa butter is often recommended. Do not use products on the skin that contain alcohol. Alcohol dries the skin. You will need to read the labels on different lotions to see if they contain alcohol and then avoid that lotion. Also consult your child's physician regarding skin products.

Providing wound care for your child at home:

Your child may come home with unhealed areas that still require dressing changes. You will be instructed on how to change dressings before you leave the hospital. It is not necessary to maintain a sterile environment for home dressing changes, but they should take place in as clean an area as possible. Whoever is doing the dressing change should:

If it appears that the dressing changes are extremely painful for your child, you may want to discuss pain medication with your child's physician.

The new skin over the burn area is more sensitive than the skin over the rest of the body. To protect your child's skin, make sure your child takes the following steps:

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