Caring for Your Child at Home

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Caring for Your Child at Home

Our team will educate you throughout your child’s stay at Ranken Jordan so you can confidently care for your child once you return home.


Your time at Ranken Jordan is an opportunity to practice a care schedule and make it a habit to continue at home. Team members can help you adapt your schedule to the home environment.

Your Checklist to Go Home

To get ready for your child to leave Ranken Jordan, please make sure you can answer “yes” to the following questions:


If you have any questions about anything on this checklist, please ask a member of the burn team for help.

Wound Care Tips

Scar Management and Massage Tips

Splint Tips

Dealing with Itching

Itching is a normal part of wound recovery. New tissue growth and dry skin may cause a constant itch. Yet for proper healing, the itch shouldn’t be scratched.


To ease itching discomfort:

Returning to Activity

Once you return home, allow your child to get back into activities. This encourages healing and coping and opens the door to socializing with other children. These steps are all important to a healthy sense of normalcy.


Burned skin is particularly sensitive. Take special precautions during your child’s indoor and outdoor activities.


Activity guidelines:

Other Health Matters


Your child should avoid all smoking including tobacco, marijuana and vaping, as well as any second-hand smoke or smoke-filled areas such as a car or a house. Exposure to nicotine and other toxins in smoke reduces nutritional blood flow to the skin, increases the risk of complications, and slows your child’s wound healing.


If anyone in your family smokes, ask them to smoke outside and away from your child. Smokers should put on a different shirt over daily clothes or change clothes after smoking to limit your child’s exposure to smoke on clothing or other items in the environment.



Avoid applying make-up on any facial burns until the skin is completely healed and the doctor says it’s ok to use it.



To minimize scars during healing, your therapist may recommend that your child wear tight-fitting, Dri-Fit clothing with UV (sun) protection. Dri-Fit is a microfiber, polyester fabric that wicks sweat away from the body to evaporate.


If clothing does not state on the tag that it has UV protection, sunscreen should be applied to all scars under clothing. UV protection and SPF ratings should be 30 or higher.


Your child should always wear clothing such as a hat and long sleeves to provide sun protection. You should also take additional sunblock measures in the car because car windows don’t provide UV protection.


Use a mild, fragrance-free detergent to wash clothes. Overheating can make your child’s itching worse so be careful not to overdress your child, especially when sleeping. Clothes may need to be adapted if your child has limited mobility due to burn injuries.