Parent’s Guide To Treating Grazed Knees

bruise on the boy's legIf there are three things that are certain in life they are death, taxes, and grazes on children’s knees and elbows. Whether out riding their bikes, playing football, or simply at the local park, your child is bound to get the odd graze or two. Children fall over.

The good thing about grazes is that they are easy to cope with. The bad thing is that 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.

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 a soft cloth or flannel. Be warned – little ones 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.
  • Use an antiseptic cream or lotion on the wound to sterilise the area.
  • 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. Don’t tell your child this – it will simply be an excuse to miss bath time!

Dealing with an infected graze

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. That’s going to be painful when child gets up for school in the morning.

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