How to care for a healing wound

How to care for a healing wound


How you care for a healing wound depends on how it’s being held together with regular or dissolving stitches, staples, glue, or adhesive strips. If your child has stitches or staples, keep their wound covered, clean and dry. Your doctor will tell you how often to change the bandage. When it’s time, gather all the supplies you need. Gently take off the old bandage. Squeeze antibiotic cream onto a clean cotton ball and apply it to the wound. Cover the wound with a fresh bandage. Once the wound has formed a scab, wash it gently with mild soap and water once or twice a day. Don’t rub or soak it. At this stage, it’s a good idea to keep a bandage on it during the day, but leave it open to the air when your child is resting. If your child’s wound was treated with adhesive strips, trim off the edges of the strips as they separate from the skin over time. If the strips are still in place after seven days, remove them at home by soaking the areas in water. If your child’s wound was treated with glue, make sure she doesn’t pick at it and don’t apply creams or ointments until the glue falls off, after five to fourteen days.

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