Our kids can have scrapes and cuts anytime, yes? Well of course, child-proofing our homes could help a lot. That sharp corner? There’s an edge pad for that. That slippery floor? There’s a rubber mat for that! But then again, when our kids go out with friends or when they get too excited to play, it’s a different story. This is why, it always pays to arm ourselves with little know-how on wound care, don’t you all agree, moms?
Some weeks ago, I attended a talk for moms on proper wound care hosted by Fucidin® held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. I got invited through PurpleBug®, the digital marketing partner of LEO Pharma™, the maker of Fucidin®. Already a Fucidin® mom even before the talk, I was happy to know that my home is armed with the right meds whenever my children get wounded. Fucidin® is a fast-acting, and deep penetrating topical antibiotic that destroys harmful bacteria which causes wound infection to protect kids from the serious diseases infection may cause—while remaining gentle to their sensitive skin cells.
Today on the blog, I shall share with you what I’ve learned from the esteemed doctors at the event, Dr. Kristine Gutierrez and Dr. Irene Gardiner, who taught on what to do when our kid gets a minor cut or scrape!
Join the fight against Staphy!
Before we go step by step on proper wound care, let us review a little what causes wound infection.
We all know the importance of skin in protecting our body from harmful bacteria and diseases, yes? And we’ve also learned that when the skin is cut by a wound, it can be penetrated by bacteria it is trying to keep out!
One kind of bacteria that live on skin is Staphylococcus aureus (Okay,too long, let’s just call it Staphy). Staphy causes no harm for as long as there is no break in the skin’s barrier. However, you’re your child’s skin has cut, Staphy enters the skin and can kill cells that fight infection and release toxins so as to survive in the body! Given the chance, Staphy can infect the skin and the tissues within which may affect your child’s immune response! Staphy then is the culprit behind wound infection and this is why, moms should all say #NoToStaphy at all cost!
Know the Steps to Proper Wound Care
What then should we do when our kids get wounded? Let me walk you through these easy steps:
1.STOP the bleeding
To stop further bleeding, apply a steady but gentle pressure for 15 minutes with a sterile bandage. You should also elevate the wounded area, if necessary.
2. CLEAN the wound
Forget the old-school alcohol and hydrogen peroxide on wounds as these can only do more harm than good to the healing process! To clean the wound, wash the wound and the area that surrounds it with soap and clean water to prevent further contamination.
3. PROTECT against infection
I’ve previously mentioned that bacteria like Staphy can cause wound infection and to get rid of Staphy, cleaning of wound with water may not be enough. To battle Staphy and to help your child’s skin’s natural healing process, apply a thin, even layer of antibiotic cream or ointment like Fucidin® A powerful topical antibiotic like Fucidin® is deep penetrating yet does not damage healthy tissues.
4.COVER bigger wounds with bandage
It’s actually a myth that bacteria will flourish under a wound dressing so by all means, cover the wound to a more efficient healing and to decrease the chances of infection.
5. CHANGE the dressings
If your child has a deeper, bigger wound that requires dressings, make sure to change it whenever the bandage becomes dirty or wet. (Do consult a healthcare professional for the proper ways of changing the dressing specific to the wound!)
6.OBSERVE for infection and CALL your Doctor!
Moms, when your kids have fever or when you start to see redness, pus, or swelling around the wounded area then that the red flag to see the doctor as these are signs of infection!
So there I’ve shared the easy steps to do to protect our children from skin infection. And oh, just a little reminder before I end this post: Do have a fresh look at your First Aid Kit! Make sure it has all these essentials:
Sterile cotton balls and cotton-tipped swaps, Plastic strips, Anticeptic, Gauze Pads, Fucidin® Ointment, Surgical Scissors, Medical Tape! It pays to be ready all the time!
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