Some Thoughts on Step Parenting
Step parenting, if it’s to be done successfully, requires the cooperation of everyone involved. This can at times be difficult in that it’s not unusual that at least one of the parties doesn’t want do go down that road to the new life. This is usually a child, or the children, but can be a step-parent as well. Even when things go smoothly, being a step-parent can be one of the hardest jobs there is to do. It can also be a thankless one.
The Problem of Accepting and Dealing With Change
Many times, the child or children in the family will quickly accept the new step-parent. This may also happen slowly at times, but feelings of real affection soon take hold. Some children simply need a little time to adjust. Others simply refuse to accept the change, in spite of the best efforts and intentions of their new step-parent. Part of this often has to do with the child feeling it’s lost control of the environment it lives in and possibly even of itself. A child cannot be faulted for feeling this way. Many adults not only fear change, but they often have a great deal of trouble dealing with change if it should occur. Most adults learn to deal with change however, but sudden change is something that can be brand new to a child, and not knowing what to do may cause that child to either withdraw or strike out.
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.
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.
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.
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.