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Positioning and seating The hip spica cast will finish just above waist level. This means that your child will be uncomfortable or unable to sit on an ordinary chair. A great alternative is to sit your child on a beanbag as you will be able to mould the beanbag to fit your child’s cast,...

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Will occupational therapy and physiotherapy be involved in my child’s treatment? After admission to the Burns Unit, your child will be assessed by the therapy team for any further treatment needs. Your child will usually be seen during their appointments for dressing changes or in their cubicle...

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Therapy exercises This material has been designed to help you remember the exercises your therapist taught and practised with you. The exercises should be done slowly. Some discomfort may be noted whilst doing these exercises after your operation or injury. If pain limits your ability to do your...

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Swelling Swelling is very common in the first few weeks following an injury or operation. You can reduce this more quickly by frequently moving your fingers to improve blood flow, and by raising your hand above your elbow resting on pillows. Washing Do not get the cast wet as it may break or damage...

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Therapy exercises This material has been designed to help you remember the exercises your therapist has taught and practised with you. The exercises should be done slowly. You may have some discomfort whilst doing these exercises after your operation or injury. If pain limits your ability to do your...

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Therapy putty Putty can be used to improve movement and strength of the hand, wrist and forearm. It can be formed into various shapes to complete exercises which will be tailored to you by your therapist. The putty must be used as shown. You will be provided with instructions about the number of...

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Therapy putty Putty can be used to improve movement and strength of the hand, wrist and forearm. It can be formed into various shapes to complete exercises which will be tailored to you by your therapist. Use the putty as shown below. We will give you instructions about the number of times you need...

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Therapy putty Putty can be used to improve movement and strength of the hand, wrist and forearm. It can be formed into various shapes to complete exercises which will be tailored to you by your therapist. The putty must be used as shown. You will be provided with instructions about the number of...

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Skin care information Now that you have been discharged from the Burns Team, here is some useful information for you. How do I keep my skin clean? Wash regularly using your normal soap and water. Do I need to moisturise? You only need to moisturise if your skin appears dry. Use the cream already...

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Scar massage Scar massage has been shown to help scars become flatter and softer. It can also improve symptoms like pain, sensitivity and itch. This happens because the massage process affects the way that the skin cells behave and helps to reduce the scarring. There are lots of types of scar...

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Scar massage Scar massage has been shown to help scars become flatter and softer. It can also improve symptoms like pain, sensitivity and itch. This happens because the massage process affects the way that the skin cells behave and helps to reduce the scarring. There are lots of types of scar...

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What to do next Now that your child’s burn wounds have fully healed, they will be discharged from dressings appointments on the Burns Unit. Your next follow up outpatient appointment(s) will be in: Nurse or OT clinic MDT clinic Pink therapy room Skincare Continue to moisturise and massage the...

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Scar massage Scar massage has been shown to help scars become flatter and softer. It can also improve symptoms like pain, sensitivity and itch. This happens because the massage process affects the way that the skin cells behave and helps to reduce the scarring. There are lots of types of scar...

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Introduction Living with a chronic condition can lead to young people feeling isolated and different from their parents, peers, siblings, and teachers. This can leave young people wondering whether to tell people about the condition. As part of coping with living with a chronic illness it can be...

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This material is intended to provide you with information about your child’s diagnosis of juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). What is JDM? JDM is a condition which mainly affects the muscles and skin, but can affect other parts of the body. The word juvenile means this condition appears in...

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Your child is precious, and so are you. As they grow bigger and older their needs change. Using a hoist and sling to help them move is a safe, comfortable and dignified alternative to lifting for you both. Here are some steps to consider when using a hoist and sling to transfer (help move)...

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Car seats This material has been put together by the occupational therapists working with the Early Years Team to assist you in buying a suitable car seat for your child. It is a legal requirement for all parents or carers to provide appropriate car seating for their child. This applies to children...

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Conformers Conformers are effective in the management of scar tissue, with some scars becoming softer, flatter and paler following use. The conformer is moulded to fit the scared area exactly. Effects are often not immediate, however with regular use benefits are usually noted after several weeks....

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Who we are Our team is made up of occupational therapists and therapy assistants. Who we see We see any child from birth upwards who has an oncology or haematology diagnosis, who is struggling to do things that they used to be able to do and would benefit from occupational therapy input. What we...

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What is fatigue? Fatigue is extreme tiredness. When a child has fatigue their supply of energy is low. When energy is low it may be difficult to join in normal activities. Fatigue can be caused by physical activity, school work and emotional stress. Fatigue is common following serious illness or...

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Who we are We are a team of occupational therapists and therapy assistants who work within the Neurology and Neurosurgical team. We are available during office hours Monday to Friday. What we do in the hospital Occupational therapists work as part of the multi-disciplinary team. We look at many...

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This splint was made for: on // It is called: It should be worn Splint wearing: Do not remove the splint. It must be worn at all times. To start with, wear for 30 minutes. Then remove the splint and check the condition of the skin. If you experience: any rubbing, red marks which do… Continue...

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Silicone gel has been shown to be effective in the management of scar tissue, with scars noted to become softer, flatter and paler following use. It is not yet fully understood how the silicone gel works although it is thought that it helps to rehydrate and therefore add moisture to the scar to...

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