Cuts and bruises are part of the adventure of being a kid. Unfortunately, it can’t be prevented fully but most injuries are minor and can be handled at home with simple first-aid treatment and medical care is needed only in the cases where the injury is larger and deeper. Children’s skin is 30-40% thinner than adult skin. It cuts and bruises easily. A child’s sensitive skin can get cut by banging against a hard object like a mirror or being cut by something sharp like a knife or falling on a sharp object and the skin gets accidentally broken or worn away and so there’s a risk of infection. So the most important thing to remember when dealing with a cut or open wound is to keep it clean.
Q. Why does children have more serious cuts and bruises?
A. Children's skin is 30-40% thinner than adult skin. It cuts, bruises and burns easily.
Q. What can we do to avoid skin injuries in children?
A. Ways in which we can avoid skin injuries in children are:
a) Don't keep any sharp, hot or heavy item on the edges of platform.b) Check all toys for any sharp edges, broken pieces and damaged parts which can cause cuts and bruises.
Q. Do you need a tetanus injection overtime?
A. The routine vaccinations protect the child from Tetanus till 5 years of age. However in case of any injury from a rusted metal, soil contamination of the open wound or an animal bite , an additional dose is a must.
Q. What first aid should we do?
A. Wash area with soap and water. Apply direct pressure with a clean cloth/ gauze to stop bleeding. Then apply antiseptic adhesive dressing to cover the wound. If cut is causing continuous bleeding - on head and neck region or other orifices, please take the child to Emergency room.
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