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Discharge Instructions: Unna Boot (Pediatric)

Your child will be going home with an Unna boot in place. An Unna boot is a dressing and wrap combination that is applied from the foot to the knee. An Unna boot has a special medication in the gauze to help heal burns or skin sores and protect new skin. There are two kinds of bandages: white and pink. The white bandage is changed every 1 to 3 days. In most cases, the pink bandage is changed 1 time(s) a week. Your child will need to visit the doctor to have the Unna boot changed. Here’s what you need to know about home care.

Home Care

  • Make sure your child does not get the Unna boot wet.

  • Cover the dressing completely with a plastic bag or plastic wrap before your child takes a shower. Tape the plastic to the skin above and below the dressing.

  • If your child needs to take a tub bath, have your child dangle the limb with the Unna boot on the side of the tub and out of the water.

  • Keep your child’s skin clean and dry.

  • Every day, wash any other burns or sores not covered by a dressing.

  • Remember, some drainage from the Unna boot dressing is expected. Don’t be alarmed if the soiled dressing has an unpleasant odor to it. This is normal. It happens because the drainage from the wound dries to the dressing.

  • Don’t allow your child to stand or sit in the same position for more than 30 minutes at a time.

  • Keep your child’s legs elevated using pillows, as much as possible. This will help keep swelling down.

Follow-Up

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

 

When to Call Your Child’s Doctor

Call the doctor right away if your child has any of the following:

  • Tingling or numbness in the injured body part

  • A fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher

  • Severe pain that cannot be relieved

  • Unna boot that feels too tight or too loose

  • Swelling, coldness, or blue-gray color in the fingers or toes

  • Drainage from Unna boot that smells different than usual

  • Unna boot that is damaged or has rough edges that hurt

  • Unna boot that gets wet

 

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