This factsheet is intended to inform families of children with burn injury about nutrition during hospitalization and after they return home. Your child needs adequate nutrition to grow and develop. Having a burn injury dramatically increases the need for proper nutrition. The larger the burn size, the more nutrition your child needs to heal. A diet high in calories and protein:
- supports the immune system to decrease risk of infection;
- helps wounds heal faster;
- maintains muscle mass; and
- minimizes weight loss to support rehabilitation.