Cuts, Bruises and Skin Tear in Children and their Remedies

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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.