How to tend to Cuts and Abrasions

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.


  1. Thanks for the helpful tips, mommy Joy! God bless!

  2. Thank you for sharing these tips!

  3. waaaah! this reminded me of the time when I slipped on the side street sewer w/c has broken glass hidden in the dark green water. It tore-up the skin on my right knee and I saw the white stuff. I know it's supposed to be stitched but I'm not sure why my parents did not take me to the hospital. We just kept on cleaning it and applying crushed antibiotics. It took several months for the wound to be completely healed.

    I cab still remember how may playmates and their parents were so panicked after seeing my open wound. They applied alcohol on the sides and placed some sort of ointment on the open wound w/c kept me crying and screaming. My yaya (nanny) was so enraged "at me" that when she gave me a bath, she even scrubbed the wound.

    But I'm glad it's all in the past...phew! what a day that was...

    I still have the scar to prove it... ^_^

  4. naku Ms.Joy..I usually panic po when my kids have cuts..wahhhhhh..but opo cleaning the wound and observing after for infections is a must :)

  5. thanks too Honney for visiting, see you again :)

  6. my pleasure dear :)

  7. i love the way you comment Karl, you really can relate to my posts :)

  8. do not panic, they'll be more nervous and the more they get nervous the more the wound bleeds, stay calm dear :)


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