It is pretty normal for kids to get hurt while playing. They might be running down the stairs or enjoying a swing when they unexpectedly fall and get injured. Obviously, you cannot restrict your kids from playing, but you can learn how to take care of minor wounds and promote healing at home.
Here’s how you do it!
There are different types of wounds such as cut, scrape, blister, puncture, or incision. Taking care of these wounds will help reduce the risk of infections and promote faster healing. Even so, different injuries require different types of dressing and care.
If the injury is severe or bleeding profoundly, you must not wait and visit the doctor. They will treat the injury and give your after-care instructions.
However, for treating minor cuts or scrapes and promoting faster healing, you can follow the instructions given below:
- Use Clean and Dry Dressing
For taking care of minor wounds, you should use clean and dry dressing. Dressing helps keep germs away, ensuring faster healing. It would be best to keep the injury covered for 5 to 7 days. In the meantime, you must restrict your child from swimming and bathing until instructed by the doctor.
In case your child has surgery, it is recommended to use a dry waterproof dressing to facilitate bathing. If the dressing is not waterproof, make sure to replace it after the shower.
Note: It is recommended to use dressing infused with natural ingredients like manuka honey to help promote faster and better healing. Medical grade manuka honey supports new tissue formation, assisting recovery. It helps prevent infections and is skin-friendly (no pain on application and removal).
- Protect The Wound from Getting Infected
Open wounds can easily get infected; therefore, make sure to wash your hands before and after treatment. You can wash your hands using soap or water. In case soap is not available, you can use hand sanitizer. In addition to this, make sure to:
- Do not put pressure on the injury. (Avoid touching the injury as much as possible)
- Keep the injury out of the sun. You can also use sunscreen to cover the wound after it heals.
- If your child had surgery, do not peel off surgical tapes.
- Provide A Well-Balanced Diet for your Child
What you feed your child also plays a crucial role in healing. Every meal must include an adequate number of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and other nutrients. It’s because a well-balanced diet accelerates muscle and skin repair, supplies energy, and improves the immune system. It mitigates the chances of infections, leading to faster recovery.
- Visit The Doctor
Minor cuts and scrapes heal fast and do not require doctor supervision. However, if you observe any of the following signs, make sure to visit the doctor immediately.
- Red skin around the injury
- Larger amounts of discharge
- Pimple or yellow crust around the cut
- Unpleasant smell or immense pain.
Learning about how to treat wounds and promote healing is a must for every parent. There could be a possibility that a doctor is not immediately available. In such circumstances, your knowledge and availability of the right products can help reduce the chances of infection.