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Physical Therapy

Your child may need physical and/or occupational therapy during and after discharge from the Pediatric Burn Center. Your burn care team will assist you in arranging outpatient therapy prior to discharge or during your outpatient appointment.

Splints

If your child need splints for his arms and/or legs, your therapist will specifically fit your child for them. They need to be worn as instructed in order to prevent deformity and muscle tightness. Your child’s splints must be washed in cold water every day using a mild soap. The splint must be re-applied only when completely dry. If you notice any red, blistered areas, or if your child reports tingling, numbness or abnormal sensations while wearing the splint, remove the splint from the affected area and contact your child’s therapist immediately.

Exercise

While in the hospital, rehabilitation therapists gave your child specific exercises to do. It is important that your child continue these exercises after arriving home. It is also important for your child to gradually increase his or her activities at home. Your child’s therapist and physicians will monitor progress in the Pediatric Burn Outpatient Clinic.

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