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
- Case management
- Recreation therapy
- School Re-entry
- Social work
- Support groups
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
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