7 Things You Need To Know About Treating Kids' Wounds
We all know that kids are accident prone and it’s practically a rite of passage for them to have some impressive scraped knees, grazed chins and bumped elbows to show friends. They explore, they run, they climb— a wound is inevitable at some point. But dealing with your own child’s first wound can be incredibly distressing, especially if it’s one that requires medical attention.
Your child will have more than a few accidents in his childhood, there’s a few things to know about treating wounds that can make the whole thing much easier to cope with.
1. Don’t beat yourself up
Your child’s first wound can leave you berating yourself for not keeping a closer eye on them or not foreseeing the rogue toy they tripped over, accidents are part of childhood. Stumbles, tumbles, cuts and bumps are a part of growing up, not a sign of inferior parenting. Children’s co-ordination and sense of balance don’t match their zeal for exploring new terrain
2. Assess the wound
Some wounds can be fixed up at the local medical centre, whereas others need to be treated with glue or stitches. It is recommended starting with an overall assessment on the wound. Firstly, how wide is the gash? Glue or stitches are needed to hold the edges of the wound together if they are separated by more than a couple of millimetres. Also, if the wound appears very deep, or is situated across a joint, glue or stitches may be needed. If you have any doubts, seek medical advice.
3. Keep your child calm
It can be hard to keep your child from being upset while her wound is being treated, but staying calm yourself can help the situation. Parents are encouraged to take some deep breaths if they’re feeling panicky. Your little one is closely studying your face and body language. Want her to be calm? You need to hold it together. Maintaining a quiet voice can also help keep the atmosphere calm. There is a lot of sound when a child is screaming and you’re shouting over the top. Instead, try whispering in their ear. Your child will probably stop yelling to hear you.
A lot of us might be using ointments that potentially slow down the healing of wounds. The longer they’re unhealed for, the more chance there is of scarring. A moisturising agent, or something like medical grade Manuka honey can provide the moisture a wound needs as well as having antibacterial qualities.
5. Keep the wound moist
Most of us parents have been living by the rule of ‘letting wounds dry out’ that scabs should no longer be considered a good thing. We don’t want a scab forming. At the end of the day, a scab stops effective skin wound healing. If the body can’t heal naturally, it will form scar tissue. Keep the wound covered until the skin has completely healed underneath to reduce the risk of scarring.
6. Keep an eye on the healing progression
If you are at all concerned about the wound itself, or how it is progressing, please seek medical help.
7. Do a first-aid course
A first-aid course will equip you with the skills and confidence you need to manage the next accident that pops up. Many first-aid courses are designed specifically for parents, so the material covered will focus on all the typical accidents kids experience. Once you’ve got a bit of knowledge under your belt, you’ll be primed and ready for the next tumble your child takes.
Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Medihoney® Antibacterial Wound Gel and Medihoney® Adhesive Dressings assist the healing of minor wounds.