People may notice and perhaps comment on your child’s bandages, healing burn, or their scarring. This might happen regardless of whether it is a temporary or permanent change in their appearance. It is normal for people to notice things that look different. Young children are naturally curious and can ask very straightforward and sometimes blunt questions. You might notice that some adults stare, do a ‘double take’, or whisper to their companion.
Some parents feel distressed when people ask about their child’s injury or stare at their scars. Parents can feel hurt by other people’s comments or reactions to their child’s appearance.
Some people might forget to say ‘hello’ to you and your child and, instead, just blurt out, ‘what happened?’ Most people will be genuinely concerned. They may be familiar with your situation and offer support or a friendly word. Children and parents can be unprepared to manage this sort of curiosity, and it might make you or your child feel angry, upset, or wary of going out.
You might also worry about how your child will be affected by their scars in the future.