Treating Wounds in the Very Young

Through the years, I have been asked to see and treat neonates, infants, and children with wounds of various etiologies. These have included genetic problems, pressure injuries occurring in the hospital, operative wounds, and, as they aged, the full spectrum of trauma and burns. I have always been honored to do so, but it must be remembered that treating the young can present its own challenges. Many who treat infants and children look at them as just small adults and proceed to treat them the same way. I learned very early on that neonates, infants, and children should not be treated as just small adults, because they have issues related to their development, age, and genetics that may make adult treatments ineffective at best and harmful at worst. The selection of dressings and bandages must be carefully based on the … read more

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