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Therapy discharge and follow up information

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


Continue to moisturise and massage the healed skin 3 times a day by applying pressure for 30 seconds, as you have been shown, until your child’s next appointment. If you have been advised on any scar treatment, for example silicone gel or pressure garments, you also need to continue with this.

It is important to be aware that newly healed skin does not have a normal level of protection from the sun. Therefore SPF50 sun cream will need to be applied to the healed burn for 2 years when it is exposed to bright sunlight.

Returning to activities

Your child can return to school or nursery now the burn is healed. They can also bathe or shower as normal, go swimming and participate in normal activities of daily living.

Newly healed skin can be fragile, therefore it is advised that contact sports, outdoor play and PE activities where there is increased risk of knocking or banging the area is avoided for weeks. If you have been given a home exercise programme, your therapist will advise if you need to continue with this.

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If you have any concerns regarding scarring or movement before your next appointment, please contact a member of the therapy team. If you do not have any problems, continue as directed until your next review.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: OT21

Resource Type: Article

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