1. STOP the bleeding Blood will not only cause your child to panic and cry, it's sure to alarm you, too. If your child's wound is bleeding, take a deep, calming breath then apply a steady but gentle pressure with a sterile bandage to stop further bleeding. Elevate the wounded area, be it his arm, hand, knee, or leg, if necessary.
2. CLEAN the wound Wash the wound and the area that surrounds it with soap and clean water to prevent further contamination. TIP: Avoid using strong antiseptics as these may do more harm than good in the healing process. It may irritate open wounds and even leave a burning sensation.
3. PROTECT against wound infection Cleaning wounds may not be enough to fight bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus or Staphy. Staphy is a specie of bacteria that's responsible for children's wound infection. To fight this and help your child's skin's natural healing process, apply a thin, even layer of Fusidic acid / Fusidate sodium (Fucidin®) on the surface of the wound to keep it moist. Fusidic acid / Fusidate sodium (Fucidin®) provides full force against wound infection that targets Staphy. TIP: Use of antiseptics such as alcohol or povidone iodine may not be enough. Use a powerful topical antibiotic like Fusidic acid / Fusidate sodium (Fucidin®) that's fast acting, deep penetrating, and clinically proven.
4. COVER bigger wounds with bandage If its only a minor cut, scrape, or scratch, it's okay to leave it uncovered. For small cuts, you may use adhesive strips. However, if it's worse or bigger than that, protect the wound from dirt and further irritation by applying a sterile bandage to help keep it clean. Covering the wound aids in more efficient healing, decreases the chances of infection, and offers extra comfort and protection until the wound is healed completely.
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. TIP: It's always best to ask a healthcare professional for the proper ways of changing the dressings specific to the wound.
6. OBSERVE for infection Moms, after you have diligently followed all steps to proper wound care, you have to vigilantly watch your child's wound for signs of infection. This includes redness, increasing pain, warmth or swelling around the area, and pus oozing out of the wound. Recognize these signs of infection so you know when to take the next steps. Of course, if you had followed the steps to proper wound care, you really need not worry about infection. But when it does happen and these signs occur, for some unavoidable reason even after you have done what you can, it's time to consult your doctor!
7. CONSULT your doctor Most minor wounds can be cared for at home with routine first aid, plus the extra steps to prevent infection. However, not all cases can be cured by your TLC. Even supermoms like you need help, especially when your kid's health is on the line. Take note of the following to know when to seek medical care for your kid's wound: