How to heal wounds in children

Cuts, wounds, scratches ... They are part of the daily life of children. To know how to heal all kinds of wounds, which are the most frequent errors or when they are needed stitches It is fundamental for a correct cure.

Wounds are classified as serious when they are not simple superficial erosions. We distinguish them because its edges do not come together or because they are larger than the palm of the hand. Other symptoms are the vision of subcutaneous tissue such as muscle or bone or that have been made with a sharp object.

If they affect the joints, hands, feet, eyes or genitals should also be supervised by a professional. And, of course, if they are the result of bite of another person or of an animal.

The application of stitches It should always be valued by a healthcare professional. As we said before, as long as the edges do not meet or have a considerable size.

How to heal wounds and cuts

-The wounds they should never touch directly, nor should you touch the blood with your hand, both to prevent infection of the injury and for our own protection. So the ideal thing is to wash your hands beforehand with a neutral soap and, if possible, put on disposable gloves.

-The first thing we should do is clean the wound with running and fresh water, letting it drag foreign bodies. After the we will dry without touching the wound or the we will press directly to stop the bleeding.

-If there is a stranger body nailed, hold it to prevent its movement. And finally, cover the wound with a sterile dressing or clean and dry handkerchief.

Mistakes that should not be made when healing a wound

-Rot to remove dirt.

-Try to extract a foreign body nailed on the wound, since we do not know the depth of it or if it is affecting an organ.

-Put bandages tight to prevent the wound from bleeding.

-Use cotton and alcohol.

-Put antiseptics, ointments, ointments or antibiotics on the wound.

-Delay medical assistance. The deadline for stitches to be applied to a wound is a maximum of 4 to 6 hours since it occurs.

How to know when the wound has been infected

The symptoms to recognize if a wound is infected are:

-The inflammation and edema at the edges.

-The redness of the contour of the wound.

-If the area is hot, it hurts or feels stitches in the wound.

-If the condition of the infection is advanced, we will observe the exudate of the yellow-greenish wound, commonly known as pus.

Sara Vázquez, nurse Ruber International Clinic of Madrid

Video: First Aid Treatment for Wounds

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