There’s nothing quite as frightening as when your child suffers their first wound. Usually, these little cuts and scrapes aren’t much to worry about all. However, it’s important that you have all the right steps ready when it comes to dealing with it. Otherwise, losing your head can have you at a total loss of what to do.
From making sure your child is strong enough to recover well to making that recovery all the faster, here are the four steps to proper wound care. With this in mind, you’ll probably still panic, but at least you’ll be able to take quick action too.
#1 Identifying the wound
It’s not something parents want to think about, but you need to know the signs of a wound that require professional medical attention. Even minor wounds can be dangerous. For example, if there’s heavy bleeding that shows no signs of showing, it’s time to call the doctor. Same for signs of infection like red streaks around the skin or symptoms of a fever. Also, if a child is diabetic, you may need to call a doctor regardless because of how their blood sugar affects their wound. Memorise the signs you need to call a doctor before you proceed to treat them.
#2 Stopping bleeding
After you’re confident you’re not going to need professional medical assistance, it’s time to stop the bleeding of the wound. Water will immediately clean the wound and its cold temperature makes the arteries narrower. This will slow the bleeding. Then add Vaseline to seal the blood flow completely, giving the wound time to clot. There are other substances you can use to the same effect, so don’t worry if you don’t have Vaseline at hand. It’s smart to use some household disinfectant, too, just to be safe.
#3 Effective dressing
Dressing a wound is not always necessary. If a wound if somewhere that can be kept clean and dry, like on the cheek, it can be better for it to leave it in the air to heal. However, if a wound is on a joint, hand or foot, or if it’s likely to get wet, it needs dressing. For small children, using dressing like Tegaderm can be the smartest move since you never know what they might do to potentially open the cut again.
#4 Speeding their healing
It’s not directly related to treating a minor wound, but nutrition is incredibly important in helping children recover faster from them. Iron means that blood is stronger and forms clots quicker. Meanwhile, protein is an important part of healing and means that bruises and cuts take less time for the flesh to recover from. If your child isn’t getting enough nutrition from their diet, don’t be afraid to look to vitamin supplements to help them get what they need. Deficiencies in minerals and vitamins can make it harder to recover from injuries and illnesses, as well as causing some nasty complication of their own. So make sure your child doesn’t develop any as best you can.
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