My daughter burnt her foot over the weekend and although she isn't complaining of pain now in general, she won't put it down or walk on it at all. I'm not sure if it's a mental block or whether it's likely to still be sore but the doctors did make a point of saying she had to walk on it otherwise it can cause more problems - not to the burn itself but in terms of her foot freezing up and being painful etc Has anyone else been through this who can tell me the best way to get her up on it?
I suffered quite severe scalding to my legs and feet when I was 3.5. I was made to walk to thetoiket and back while in hospital, it was incredibly painful! But, I clearly remember not wanting to wee myself.
How old is she? If she's not complaining of pain I'd say she nerds to just get on with it - it really does make a huge difference. I have no lasting effects from my burns.
Oh yeah we've been back and back again next week, all healing very well and nurse was quite insistent that whilst it's probably still tender it wouldn't be terribly painful by this point so is more in her mind and not wanting to walk on it than not being able. Personally I think as the bandage has been put on so thickly it probably feels very odd to her to walk on so don't think that's helping but no way around that. We are doing all the exercises but just won't stand or walk on it at all.
Poor girl: as she has been seen and is still having medical attention for it (as in you can tell them if she is not walking next time) I would go with it for a short while and just give the walking/non-walking no attention (hard to do) but try and ignore it. Was the way she got a burn dramatic, do you think she wants a bit more TLC (attention in the nicest way?)
I would get her to talk about what happened and kind of give her permission to walk when she is ready so give her a blanket on the sofa and talk about what happened then say, the doctors said from about 4pm today you can walk when you are ready to do so & then give it no attention when she does or if she doesn't & if it continues after the excitement of Christmas then mention it again.
She has been getting complete attention since it happened and I've carried her everywhere Burns unit said this wasn't helpful and to stop giving so much attention and let her crawl around if she won't walk but don't carry her but that tactic hasn't worked as she would rather crawl than even attempt to walk