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Healing Together: When Multiple Family Members Are Injured by Burns

On the evening of January 15, 2013, Cheri Kent and her two children, Quincey and Kennadey, followed their usual evening routine—after both children took a bath, they settled into bed. But 15 minutes later the family’s apartment suddenly exploded.

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Helping Children Understand and Cope with the Experience of Hospitalization

Even the most routine hospitalization can be a traumatic and terrifying experience for a child. Add the factors of a burn injury to the equation and chances are a child will be fearful of the initial hospital experience. A strange place full of unfamiliar people and big scary things can foster a child’s imagination. Most of the people wear funny clothes and do things that hurt. How do we expect a child to react to these stressors placed upon them?

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Helping the Traumatized Child to Reclaim Life

It is a well-established fact that burns and the painful and intrusive procedures required to heal them are traumatic for children as well as adults. Traumatic experiences as such as severe burns have a profound effect on the developing child and can overwhelm their coping abilities.

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Hospitalization Issues Listed by Stages of Development

This listing of hospitalization issues is broken down by age groups and includes basic fears, responses to hospitalization, and supportive care.

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How Kids Hear Hospital Words

Kids have active imaginations. You may say or hear words every day that are familiar to you. A child may tap into his or her imagination to understand what those words mean. This guide is intended to help you realize how differently some words can be perceived by a child and some simple terms to explain them.

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Journey of Healing Through Fire Advocacy

In advocating for public education, fire prevention, knowledge and awareness surrounding fires, burns and other traumas, I am fully healing. We all have a story, and many of us have had tragedies.

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Preparing Children to Visit in the Burn Unit

When a family member is injured parents often ask whether it is appropriate for children to visit the patient in the burn unit. The suggestions found in this article offer guidance for families or other hospital staff to insure that if children visit on the burn unit, the experience is a positive one for both the child and the burn patient.

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Recognizing and Responding to Bullying

Is your child being bullied? What exactly is bullying and how can I stop it? Find out the answers to these questions and more!

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Recognizing the Impact of Childhood Trauma

Inadequate or incomplete achievement of developmental tasks often occurs in the wake of trauma. This is true for the burn injured child as well as siblings of the child who suffered the burn.

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Support Groups for Children and Teens

This resource provides tips for facilitating support groups for young people, including ideas for activities and suggestions for overcoming challenges.

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Supporting Children in Reconnecting With Parents and Siblings Changed by Burn Trauma

Trauma can derail families and challenge their most basic sense of safety in the world. Both children and parents may feel the psychological and emotional effects of trauma for months or even years after the trauma occurs. When a parent or sibling is physically and emotionally changed by traumatic injury, such as burn injury, children need appropriate assistance in confronting and accepting these changes so that they can adjust and move on with their family.

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Taking That “Camp Magic” Home With You

This article offers advice for children returning from burn camp and their parents on how to keep the "camp magic" alive even after leaving burn camp.

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The Journey Back— Because School Reentry Is a Big Deal

School reentry is a big deal. Children and teens spend a large amount of their time in school. School is a complex place where they not only learn academics, but they learn how to participate in the world socially. It is an environment where wonderful, positive things can happen to build self-esteem, foster creativity, and instill a positive sense of self; or it can be a place where self-image is crushed and feelings of isolation grow.

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The Power of Peer Support

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Three Things I Wish I Knew: Advice for Parents of Infant Burn Survivors

As a parent of an infant burn survivor, there are several things I wish I knew at the start of this journey and I hope my story will help others who are in the process of navigating life as a parent of a burn survivor.

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