Addressing Body Image Issues

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Addressing Body Image Issues

Body image issues are common in children after burns. They may feel grief or sadness about changes in their appearance and physical abilities, as well as experience anxiety in social settings. Caregivers sometimes have these same concerns for their children. Most children adapt well to the changes in their body.


Support from others and your child’s willingness to learn new social skills will help your child develop acceptance of the new norm and gain more confidence over time.


Unfortunately, some children who have been burned or injured do get teased or are made to feel uncomfortable. To feel more confident, have a plan to handle teasing, stares or questions.


Tips to handle stares, questions or teasing: