Scrapes, scratches, bump and bruises – who says kids can’t get them while indoors, too? Dr Lynette Wee Wei Yi, paediatric senior resident from KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and Dr Ratna Sridjaja, paediatrician from Gleneagles Hospital share how to treat them at home.
Deep scratches and cuts
Deep cuts tend to bleed a lot, so first compress the wound with a clean towel to stop the bleeding. Once the bleeding stops, wash the cut under running water for 5-10 minutes to get rid of dirt. Apply an antiseptic gel or cream and leave the wound to heal.
“Observe the child to make sure the wound is healing, and see a doctor if there are any signs of infection such as increased swelling, redness, pus discharge or fever,” says Dr Wee.
If it’s a huge open wound, compress it, but still seek emergency care immediately, says Dr Ratna. “Any open wound may mean the need for a tetanus booster even when the child is currently immunised.”
Kids bump into things all the time, and the bruises can be spectacular! Ice the bruise for 15-20 minutes; give acetaminophen for the pain. Dr Wee says you should check to make sure your child is still able to move the bruised joints or limbs as usual. “If there are any limitations to joint movement, I would suspect a deeper injury,” she explains.
A version of this article first appeared in Simply Her.