Emotions and Behaviors After a Traumatic Injury
Traumatic experiences such as a burn can greatly affect a child’s behavior and mental health.
Your child may experience depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress symptoms, body image changes, and behavioral changes after a burn injury. Please talk with a team member if you have concerns about how your child is coping.
Some emotional and behavioral responses children may have after a burn injury include:
- Difficulties with short-term memory, concentration and problem solving.
- Failing grades, disinterest in school, friends, and previously enjoyed activities.
- Generalized fear and anxiety.
- Nightmares, fear at night, and difficulty falling or staying asleep.
- Regressive behaviors such as bed-wetting, baby talk, thumb sucking, whining.
- Attachment anxiety such as clinging and excessive concern about parent leaving.
- Physical symptoms with no medical cause such as stomach aches, headaches, and other physical symptoms.
- Increased tantrums or meltdowns about seemingly small things.
- Arguing, fighting, or irritability.
- Older teens may have an increase in risky or acting-out behaviors such as substance. abuse, sexual acting out, delinquent behavior, skipping school, etc.