Cuts and Scrapes
Banged up knees, grazes from stray tree branches and cuts and abrasions are all a part of a happy childhood. When it comes to providing first aid for your family’s minor scrapes, you’ve got two things in mind: you want to help relieve your child’s pain while helping to prevent infection. With mundicare® Antiseptic Spray– made with natural, single origin Australian Melaleuca Oil – in your home first aid kit, you can feel confident that you and your family are prepared.
Treatment – Cuts and Scrapes
When it comes to minor abrasions and cuts, caring for them is simple. Still, if you miss a step or two, you risk the cut becoming infected, so it’s important that you follow each step to make sure your first aid for cuts is effective.
Cleaning a Cut
- Perform hand hygiene by washing your hands.
- To clean a small open wound or scrape, rinse the injured body part with sterile or fresh water. If there is debris in the wound, increase water pressure to rinse it from the wound, or gently remove it with sterile tweezers or your clean fingers. Do not scrub at the wound.
- Allow the area to dry completely.
- Disinfect the wound using an antiseptic such as mundicare® Antiseptic Spray. It won’t sting like alcohol based antiseptics often do, and it contains purified, single origin Australian melaleuca oil with natural anti-microbial properties to help reduce the risk of infection.
- Use a non-stick, breathable wound dressing for a cut or scrape and change when it becomes soaked through or is uncomfortable.
Reapply mundicare® Antiseptic as needed.
Possible Signs of Infection
Sometimes, despite our best efforts or even the best efforts of trained health care workers, minor abrasions, cuts and scrapes still become infected. Seek medical help if you see any of the following signs and symptoms¹:
- Fever with or without chills
- Heat at the site of the injury
- Redness and swelling, especially after the cut has seemed to be healing
- Pus or bad smells from the site
- Pain or soreness at the site
A medical professional should oversee treatment for any infected wound. It can be difficult to avoid cuts and scrapes, especially with children. However, try to keep your children’s play area free of objects that could cause dangerous lacerations or puncture wounds, and seek treatment for any wounds they receive as soon as possible.
- Updated by: Joshua Kunin a. Surgical wound infection –treatment: MedlinePlus MedicalEncyclopedia. Nlmnihgov. 2016. Available at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007645.htm.