caring for complex burns and wounds
Physicians and nurse practitioners at Dayton Children’s provide personalized, outpatient care for children whose burns cover less than 50 percent of their body surface, and children who have complex, non-healing wounds. We offer the latest in dressings (bandages), grafting procedures, pain management techniques and reconstructive surgery.
Caring for a child with burns or non-healing wounds can be stressful for parents. To lessen the emotional toll, our clinic team takes care of all dressing changes while a child is healing. Families typically visit the clinic twice a week for dressing changes and follow-up care. Our caring staff provides extensive education to help parents meet their child’s needs at home.
The Dayton Children’s burn and wound care team offers long-term follow-up care, keeping a close eye on the injury site as the child grows. If scar tissue begins to limit movement and function, our team can recommend treatment to minimize the effects.
Sometimes, surgery is necessary. This can include surgery to clean the burn or wound site, reduce scar tissue and can include a skin graft, which involves transplanting healthy skin from one area of the child’s body to another. In select cases of acute wounds/burns, and in some reconstructive procedures, synthetic replacement products are utilized.
did you know?
- Burns occur more often in boys than girls.
- The average age of a patient with burns is five years old.
- Most children who are admitted to Dayton Children’s for burn care have a burn that covers 10 percent or less of their body surface.
- The most frequent burn in younger children is a scald, often from boiling liquids pulled from counters or heated in the microwave. In older children, most burns are caused by an open flame.
- Treadmill friction burns are becoming more and more frequent.