It’s a certainty, children fall over and will end up with grazes on children’s knees and elbows! It can happen whether out riding their bikes, playing football, skipping rope or simply at the local park.
The good thing about grazes is that they are easy to deal with but they can be painful and become infected. They also scab over and create a temptation for children to ‘pick’, which can cause further bleeding, scabbing, and scarring.
Here are some clear steps to the treatment of a graze:
• Clean the graze with warm water. There will probably be dirt particles in the abrasions which can be easily removed with the gentle use of wet gauze. Be warned – they probably won’t like this part! But it’s a necessary evil.
• Once the wound is clean, dry it with a piece of lint or other clean dry cloth that won’t leave fibres stuck to the wound. We love Verasoft low linting towels, they’re also great when wet.
• Cover with a light non-stick dressing. You might also want to put a dab or two of wound healing gel on the graze.
• If the dressing becomes wet then you’ll need to change it. Best not to let this secret out of the bag or they’ll use it as an excuse to skip a bath 🙂
What to do if the graze gets infected:
If a graze is infected, it may become filled with puss and the area will swell and redden. An infection like this could lead to the child suffering a fever, perhaps with symptoms similar to flu. The grazed area might be warm to the touch and become more painful. If these symptoms do appear, you should seek advice from your doctor who will probably prescribe antibiotics.
Finally, be careful of sticking bed sheets – dressings fall off in bed and the sheets will stick to a wet graze as it dries. Keep the graze covered until healed.