Kids are very playful and unpredictable, increasing their risk of cuts and bruises. No matter how wary you are of your kid, some accidents are hard to prevent. Most of these injuries are often minor, but sometimes they can be severe. There are various methods to take care of cuts and bruises on your child, but you need to be careful, as any mistake can lead to serious health problems such as bacteria growth. Knowing the best way to treat your child after such an injury will help guarantee quick recovery and save you a lot of trouble. This article will outline a guide to treating your kids’ cuts and bruises.
Wash Your Hands
Any injury leading to an open wound requires a lot of care to avoid introducing more germs. So, begin by cleaning your hands thoroughly and disinfecting them using soap and water. This way, you can attend to the wounds without worrying or infecting them.
Consider Applying Pressure
Since most child injuries are minor, the bleeding often stops after some minutes. However, when the injuries become severe, there is a high chance you will continue bleeding, which can cause death. If the bleeding is continuous, consider using a clean towel or a gauze pad over the cut until the bleeding stops.
Clean the Cut Properly
One way to know the extent of the injury, especially when the kid is bleeding, is by cleaning the wound. This needs to be done carefully to evade damaging more body tissues. Immediately after the cut and cruises, ensure you rinse the injured area with cold running water to help remove any foreign debris, such as grass, dirt, and gravel, which must still be stuck and can lead to infection. You can also use a tweezer disinfected through alcohol or hot water.
Consider Using Ointment
After cleaning the injury, consider using antibiotics found in ointment to help protect the cut against infection and help keep the area moist. You can use vitamin E, coconut oil, or essential oils since they are not sterile.
Cover the Cut
It will be safe to put a bandage on the wound and ensure you change it every day. A good way of covering the bruise is using skin-friendly bandages made from Manuka honey. Manuka honey is medical-grade honey that is clinically tested. It has the power to promote healing and protect the skin. Therefore, covering the bruise using Manuka bandages gives it a chance to heal naturally, safely, and quickly.
Don’t Disturb the Scab
Most people will try removing the scab from their children’s wounds. Kids’ curious nature might lead them to pick at the scab, which can cause infections due to germs. Therefore, you must keep your child’s wound covered until it heals.
Ensure You Contact the Doctor if:
- The cut is near sensitive parts such as the eye of the face
- The injury is extensive or bleeding after 10 minutes of direct pressure.
- When there is something stuck in the wound
- The injury is due to a human or animal bite
You can use the above tips in case your child gets injured. Ensure you clean your hands and disinfect the items you use to avoid causing more infections. When the injury looks deep, it’s always crucial to confirm with the doctor to help guide you on what more you can do.
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