Safe Ways to Treat Cuts and Scrapes in Children

We were all children once. Getting hurt, while playing, was considered a sign of courage. But, you don’t want to grow into adulthood showing those same scars. Here are some safe ways to treat childhood cuts and scrapes.

Kids will be kids and that means getting hurt. For a parent, any time you see your child bleeding is a reason to faint, but you don’t have to. Learning to recognize different cuts and scrapes along with treating them can keep your blood pressure from rising.

When you are outside at the park, on a picnic or away from home elsewhere with the kids, carry a first aid kit. It doesn’t have to be one of those big jobs that look like a suitcase. A smaller one that fits into your purse or glove box is enough. Be sure it contains:

* Bandages
* Antibiotic ointment
* Alcohol pads
* Gauze sponges
* Collapsible cup
* Chewable pain relievers
* Tape


Scrapes are abrasions to the skin. The top layer of skin may have been removed or just a portion of it. If you see some red, the top layer is gone. If it is glassy, then the under layer is still intact. Skin has plenty of blood vessels and nerve endings, especially in the scalp. The presence of a lot of blood can be misleading.

Clean away large pieces of dirt and debris with your hand or a tissue. Use an alcohol swab to remove smaller dirt. These wounds can survive with only a layer of antibiotic ointment. Since deeper skin layers haven’t been breached, the ointment will inhibit bacteria growth and help with pain. If your child is complaining, give them one or two chewable ibuprofen.


Cuts can range from nicks to wide gashes. Before you panic, wipe away the debris to see just what you are dealing with. If it is bleeding a lot, hold pressure on the wound. You won’t be able to treat it unless you can stop the bleeding. Most of us have good clotting factors so a few minutes of pressure should start clot formation.

Wash out the cuts with soap and water. The soap will sting but only for a moment. You want to see how deep it goes and if there is anything lodged in the cut.

Be aware that ointments are not for open wounds. If you have a cut, avoid using any type of ointment. When the cut is a nick it can be covered with gauze and taped. The gauze allows the wound to breathe and also heal. Any oozing will wick to the gauze and not gather in the wound.

For deeper cuts where the skin is not coming back together, you need to see a doctor. Still bandage the cut but then seek medical attention. Stitches are probably in order for the wound to heal.

Most cuts and scrapes can be handled by you, a first aid kit, some tissues and maybe a lollipop or two. When cuts are deep, seek medical care for proper wound healing.


Plastic surgeons can work their magic on every face and body. Sadly, many refuse to even visit their offices due to certain misconceptions they may have about their practice. However, you shouldn’t be deprived of the perfection and high self-esteem attainable through simple procedures, which is why it is important that you know the difference between the truths and myths of plastic surgery. So, without further ado, here are three myths and their truths.

Myth #1) Plastic Surgery Costs Too Much

Truth: This may have been the case in the past, but prices have declined immensely over the past few years. Now, breast implants can cost between $7,500 and $12,000 depending on the quality of the implants and the surgeons’ experience. Smaller procedures don’t have to cross the $3,000 mark if they’re simple and straightforward. Because of lower prices, more people are embracing plastic surgery and getting a little work done here and there.

Myth #2) Cosmetic Surgery Can Be Risky and Hard to Correct

Truth: Unlike plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure which improves the appearance of a facial feature or body part. However, many fear it because they believe it to be extremely risk and irreversible. First off, any medical procedure has its own risks, but rest assured that your doctor will be upfront regarding what you may face. As for permanency, cosmetic surgeries are usually forever unless the patient decides that it’s still far from what they had in mind. So, if at any time you feel as if you could look better, talk to your cosmetic surgeon and see what they can do for you.

Myth #3) Everything a Cosmetic Surgeon Does Requires Surgery

Truth: Not all beauty enhancement procedures require surgery. In fact, there are numerous non-surgical alternatives your doctor can provide, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, laser therapies and skin peels. Just this truth alone is enough to disprove the first two myths since non-surgical procedures are quite affordable and much safer since they aren’t intrusive.
If you had these misconceptions, it is about time that you realize how false they are and give plastic surgery a chance. So, if you need a nip or tuck to reflect your inner beauty on the outside, get in touch with Dr. Gavin Sandercoe’s staff or head to the clinic to book your appointment.


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