Scar massage (2074)

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What is scar massage?

Scar massage keeps your child’s scar from getting rigid and tight. It involves pressure and stretching of scar tissue. If the scar gets tight, it could limit movement of the area. Scar massage also may help decrease pain and itching as the scar heals. It is important to start scar massage once a scar or wound is fully healed. Your child’s health care provider will tell you when to start. You may have to do scar massage for 6 months to 2+ years after the wound is healed.

How is it done?

Your child’s healthcare provider will show you how to do scar massage.

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Use a thick ointment or cream such as Nivea®, Eucerin® cream, Aquphor®, Keri® lotion or cocoa butter. It should not contain alcohol or fragrance.
  3. Put a small amount of lotion on your child’s scar.Massage by using your thumb or finger to make small circles
  4. Use enough lotion so the scar is moist when you are done with the massage.
  5. Start at the outer edge of the scar. If a scar has areas that are more sensitive than others, start with the least sensitive area.
  6. Press down onto the scar tissue with your fingertips, or thumb and make circles. Repeat until entire scar has been covered.
  7. After scar massage, do range of motion exercises as directed by your child’s therapist or health care provider.


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