If your child gets a wound, the first thing to do would be to clean the wound properly so that there is no infection. Here are five steps that will tell you the first aid for wound care.
First aid for wounds and cuts
Step 1 – Wash your hands
Use soap to clean your hands and further wash it using water or hand sanitizer. Further to that, you must put on gloves for the infection to not reach you. Dispose of the gloves after use. Wear the gloves before you start treating someone’s burn or wound. Clean and covered hands are likely to keep the process safe.
Step 2: Gentle pressure
If your wound is bleeding, then follow the step.
Take a sterile piece of cloth or a sterile gauze pad to put gentle pressure on the wound. Do it until the bleeding stops completely. However, for small cuts, you might not need pressure to put on them. Raise (elevate) the affected area if you can. If blood comes out of the dressing, then leave the covering as it is. Take another piece of clean cloth and put it on top of it and keep putting pressure on it. Seek medical help if:
- The wound has happened in the genital area
- The wound has happened on a one-year child
- Bleeding is serious and doesn’t stop even after putting pressure.
Step 3: Rinse with water
- To remove dirt from the wound, clean it under running water.
- Take a soft clean piece of cloth and mild soap and clean the areas around the wound. Don’t use the soap on the wound as it can cause irritation and even hurt.
- Use a pair of clean tweezers from first aid at home to remove the debris in the wound. Clean the tweezers using isopropyl alcohol. If you can’t do it, call for medical help.
Step 4: Use an antibiotic ointment
Antibiotics like Neosporin helps in maintaining the moisture of the skin and remove an infection. However, the same is not usually done if the person is suffering from minor cuts or scrapes. If you apply a thin layer of it, will help in boosting the body and will add to the healing process.
If you see rash taking place in the wound, don’t apply the ointment.
Step 5: Bandage the wound
Every wound doesn’t need a bandage. Leave a cut alone. If it is serious, use a sterile and clean bandage right on the wound after you have cleaned it. This will help in keeping the germs out. There are a variety of bandage and tapes that you can find in a medical store. Keep some in the first aid kit also to use for a situation like these. Make sure to change the bandage every day or even the same day if you find it dirty enough.
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