How to Treat Wounds in Children
Seal your child’s wound with a bandage.
With summer just around the corner, many kids will be playing outside more frequently. Since children are curious by nature, they are excited to explore the outside world and may endure a cut or scrape in the process. Whether it’s a minor knee scrape or deep forehead gash, a wound can be traumatic for a young child. However, if you know the basics for treating wounds, you can prevent a lot of crying. Here are important steps to take when treating wounds in children:
Wash your hands
Before you can help your child with a wound, it is important to wash your hands first. According to AboutKidsHealth, cleaning your hands will prevent your child’s wound from getting infected.
Stop any bleeding
If your child’s wound won’t stop bleeding on its own, put a clean cloth around it and apply direct pressure to it with your hands. WebMD recommends putting on medical gloves before touching the wound. Keep the injury elevated while applying pressure to it for 15 minutes.
Clean the wound
To prevent your child’s wound from getting infected, hold the area under cool water for a couple of minutes. If you are not near tap water, use a water bottle or baby wipes until you make it to a bathroom. Avoid using rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and similar agents to disinfect the wound, as they can lead to irritation and pain.
Apply an antibiotic cream
Once the wound is completely clean, apply an antibiotic cream to it. This cream will help prevent infection. Reapply the antibiotic cream to your child’s wound one to three times a day.
Cover wound with bandage
If your little one’s wound gets exposed to air, it will slow down the healing process. Make sure to apply a bandage to the affected area as soon as it’s clean and dry. A bandage will also discourage your child from picking at the scab.
Feed your child a nutritious diet
A healthy diet will give your child’s body the nutrients it needs to properly heal a wound. The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne recommends including chicken, fish, beans, citrus fruits, dark leafy vegetables, nuts and whole grain breads in your child’s diet.
Look for signs of infection
Common symptoms of a wound infection include a foul odor, yellow crust around the injury, increased pain and large amounts of discharge. If you think your child’s wound is infected, contact a doctor right away.