Little feet of our kids are tirelessly traipsing to discover their world. As they clamber around, most certainly they come up with a few cuts and abrasion. We need to care for these scrapes and scabs to avoid infection.
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For minor cuts and abrasions with little to no bleeding;
- Wash down the wound under running water to irrigate out dirt and debris. Thoroughly wash the wound with mild soap or better to use an anti-bacterial soap then rinse thoroughly.
- Apply antiseptic like Povidone Iodine (Betadine) and cover the wound with sterile gauze or bandage to prevent them from poking it.
- Examine the wound daily, keeping an eye out for redness, swelling or pus which is an indication of infection.
- Change the dressing as needed. Leave the bandages off once a scab forms
For large cuts and abrasions, with continuous bleeding
- Wash down the wound under running water to irrigate out as much dirt and debris as you can
- Have your child sit or lie and raise the bleeding wound above the level of your child’s heart.
- Place a piece of clean cloth over the entire wound
- Using the palm of your hand, apply direct and steady pressure on the wound continuously for 5 minutes. Do not stop to check the wound. If blood soaks through the cloth, do not remove it. Place another cloth pad on top and continue applying pressure until the bleeding stops
- Seek immediate medical attention for your child once you’ve controlled the bleeding.