Burn Program

University Hospital is home to the highest-designated Pediatric Trauma Center and only Pediatric Burn Program in South Texas. Our pediatric trauma team has both the skills and experience to care for these complex injuries — from the initial care, to the extended recovery and rehabilitation process, to emotional support for both child and family.

Medical and surgical care:

  • Comprehensive surgical burn reconstruction
  • Joint positioning and splinting
  • Managing pain
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Pressure garments (to reduce scarring)
  • Psychological and psychiatric care


  • Child life
  • Camps
  • Case management
  • Recreation therapy
  • School Re-entry
  • Social work
  • Support groups

About burns

The most common types of childhood burns include:

  • Scalding — From food and water. These make up 70 percent of burns to children younger than age 5.
  • Open flame
  • Contact with hot surface
  • Electrical

What to expect

If your child suffers a serious burn, University Health System’s burn team will follow a four-phase strategy for treatment.

  • Emergent phase — Starts immediately after a child is burned. Initial treatment of the burn involves removing all clothing/jewelry in contact with the skin, rinsing the burn with room temperature water and seeking immediate medical attention.
  • Acute phase — From the end of the emergent period until the wound heals. Care is focused on treating the wound and preventing complications.
  • Chronic phase — Burn scar prevention, scar management, psychosocial counseling for patients with PTSD
  • Rehabilitation phase — Maintaining the patient’s range of motion as much as possible.

How burns are classified

Illustration of layers of skin and how different burn depths affect different layers of skin