What are some of the psychological considerations that a life care planner must consider for children who have suffered burn injuries?



Regression is often more extreme in children with burns. Some children may develop posttraumatic stress reactions including symptoms of avoidance, intrusion, and hyperarousal. The child may feel different from his or her peers and feel isolated. The child may experience depression, social withdrawal, or aggression, and sleep disturbances.


For more information refer to your Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management textbook.

Rimmer and Caruso (2011) “Life Care Planning for the Pediatric Burn Patient”, in S. Riddick- Grisham Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, 2nd Edition, (pgs. 539-563). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Sheridan and Fox (2004) “Life Care Planning for Children with Pediatric Burns.” In S. Riddick- Grisham (Ed.) Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, 1st Edition (pgs.637-657). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

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