Cuts, Bruises and Skin Tear in Children and their Remedies

If you have young children, you may not yet experience having to deal with tattoo scabbing if your teen decided to have a tattoo which has led to certain complications. But you may have to deal with other skin problems which need immediate first aid or treatment to avoid infections and complications. I cannot recount anymore the number of bruises or wounds that my children have had as a result of playing indoors or outdoors. No matter how I tell them to be more careful, it is really unavoidable for them to have bruises, cuts or skin tear.

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Just like scrapes, cuts are also common among young children. This skin condition can easily be treated at home. The first step when dealing with a cut is to wash it thoroughly with a mild soap and running water to remove any debris or dirt which might have entered it. If it is still bleeding, be sure to stop the pain by covering the wound with a gauze or towel and applying pressure on it using your palm. Keep the pressure until the bleeding stops. When the bleeding stops, apply a topical antibacterial ointment then apply a bandage and let it heal.

However, if the cut is in the face or when it is bigger than half an inch or it is jagged, it is best to bring your child to a doctor rather than treating the wound yourself.

Bruises

It is very common for active children to have bruises. They normally get bruises when they accidentally bump onto hard objects. A bruise results when the capillaries of the skin burst and the blood becomes trapped under the skin surface.

Bruises may occur in any part of the body. Some bruises are not so obvious and can easily go unnoticed. While bruises are not something you should be worried about because they usually come and go, there are instances when you have to bring your child to a doctor for checkup. This is true for unexplained bruises that do not heal after two or more weeks. In this case, the bruises may be caused by a more serious health problem which would require a doctor’s attention.

Skin Tear

Although tearing of the skin is more common among older people, some children could also have it. This may occur among children who have dry skin, are malnourished, or are suffering from dehydration. Parents can help prevent skin tear by monitoring the nutritional intake of their children and applying moisturizer on the skin. But if your child does get a skin tear, you should wrap it with gauze to promote healing. Change the gauze regularly before it dries on the skin making it more difficult to remove the gauze.

As parents, we should be able to know how to deal with these common skin conditions with our children. There is no cause for panic when children have them. They are treatable and can easily heal if treated properly.

 

Unexplained Bruising: Should I be Worried?

Recently, I have encountered a person who has bruises in different parts of his body as if he was beaten by several people. I could just imagine how painful those bruises are especially that I also have experienced having bruises in the past as a result of petty accidents. But when I asked the person, I was surprised to know that he was already used to having those bruises from time to time. And he told me I was not the only one who got curious about them.

Bruising is very common among children. They normally get it when they play or accidentally bump into something. But I am not really aware about unexplained bruising among adults and even children. So I started to research more about unexplained bruising and its possible implications to the overall health of a person.

What causes unexplained bruising(www.unexplainedbruising.net)?

Bruising happens when tiny blood vessels in the skin are ruptured due to contact with a hard object. Once ruptures, blood coming from the ruptured blood vessels will then flow and accumulate under the skin. This accumulation will cause the skin to turn darker in color. And this is what we know as bruises.

There are many factors behind unexplained bruising in adults. If a person is into any sport that involves physical contact such as rugby or softball, bruising is quite common and it oftentimes goes unnoticed by the person who has it. Some people also get bruises during accidents like when a hard object hits a certain part of their body.

One of the least common causes of unexplained bruising is aging. As a person gets old, the blood vessels walls also become weaker and thinner. The fatty tissues that serve as a padding are also slowly disappearing. This makes a person more prone to bruising.

Moreover, unexplained bruising can also be an indication of a serious disease or health disorder. One of them is leukemia. A person with leukemia can have more bruises when he is hit with the same amount force in the same part of the body compared to a person who has no leukemia. This is because of the inability to the blood to coagulate or clot immediately resulting in more blood escaping from their blood vessels, forming a bruise.

Another possible disorder which is more common among children is the lack of vitamins K and C. But this disorder can be remedied by taking in more of these vitamins through supplements.

Should you be worried?

Unexplained bruising is not something you should be worried about if you are physically involved in sports and other activities where you may accidentally hurt some areas of your body, you can read more about it at www.unexplainedbruising.net. But if your bruising just occurred recently without a reason, it would be good to see your doctor immediately so that your health condition can be checked. You cannot let this condition go without a doctor’s attention. Your doctor can properly diagnose your condition and also recommend appropriate treatment.