When it comes to wound care, patients and parents have an important role to play after leaving your office. Help them avoid complications with these simple follow-up instructions.
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Simple steps for proper wound care at home
For better healing:
- Keep the wound covered: Help the wound heal by protecting it from dirt and other irritants
- Change the bandage: Change the bandage whenever it gets dirty, wet, or damaged in any way
- Keep an eye out: Look for signs of infection or allergic reactions
Symptoms of infection: Check for redness, swelling, or increasing pain around the wound
Signs of allergic reactions: If your child is allergic to an adhesive bandage, the area can develop itchiness, redness, or rash
- Ways to avoid allergic reactions: In most cases, the allergic reaction will go away after taking off the bandage. Other options include keeping the area moisturized, applying an anti-itch cream, taking an antihistamine like BENADRYL®, or using gauze and tape instead.
When to seek help: Call your doctor if your child develops a fever, if they’re feeling unwell, or if red streaks or discharge is coming from the wound
Good to know
Skateboarding is growing in popularity among young people—which means skateboard-related injuries are also on the rise. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests these tips for safe skateboarding1:
Technique: One-third of skateboard injuries happen in the first week of learning the sport. Look for a class that teaches new skateboarders the basics, including how to fall safely.
Equipment: Always wear:
- Helmets that fit properly and are certified for safety. More than 10,000 skaters suffer from head or face injuries yearly.
- Elbow pads, which can reduce injuries by 80%.
- Knee pads, which can reduce injuries by 30%.
- Wrist guards, which can reduce injuries by almost 90%.
Environment: Most young skateboarders are injured on public roads or sidewalks and in parking lots. Consider skating in a skate park, and be sure to follow posted rules.
Find more information from the AAP on skater safety here.