care beyond the burn center
Resources and relief for your child and family
When the time comes for your child to leave the hospital, your social worker will help you create a plan for home or a rehabilitation facility. Some of the ways we assist you include:
For follow-up appointments, contact the Legacy Chronic Wound & Outpatient Burn Clinic at 503-413-3311.
Your child is on the road to recovery, and it’s important that their wounds get the care they need in order to heal. You will play a key role in this process. If your child is young, you will have to take care of the wounds for them. If your child is a teen or young adult, helping them to care for their wounds will be beneficial. Our care team will lend support along the way, so you don’t feel alone or overwhelmed.
Whenever it’s time to change the wound dressing, remove it and wash the affected area with soap and water. Each time you change the dressing, redness and swelling should be lessening. If you see an increase in redness or swelling, this could be a sign of infection. Contact your child’s doctor as soon as possible. Other signs of infection include an increased temperature, bad-smelling drainage from the wound, or a general feeling of not being well.
More helpful resources
It’s terrible to see your child experience pain. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to make them feel better. Keeping your child on a consistent plan will help them with pain control. Make sure your child takes the prescribed pain medication at regular intervals. Use the lowest dose possible for relief. Give your child pain medication as prescribed 30 minutes before changing bandages to minimize pain. As you try to decrease the amount of pain medication your child takes during the healing process, you can use other methods of pain control such as music, games and deep breathing.
While you may be tempted to treat your child to ice cream, chips and their favorite soda, you’ll be doing them a bigger favor by offering them healthy meals and snacks. Follow these guidelines so that your child gets the right number of calories and nutrition to encourage healing:
We understand that your child needs to heal on the inside as well as on the outside. That’s why we offer a variety of events throughout the year to support burn survivors and their families. These include:
Events include support groups, cookouts with firefighters, children’s camps, and an annual holiday gathering in December.
For information on these and other support services, call 503-413-1727 or email us.
The following brochures can be downloaded and printed. If you have questions, please email us. This information is available free of charge through generous donations from Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp.
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