How To Clean A Superficial Skin Injury

What counts as superficial wound? Superficial wounds are minor injuries, cuts, punctures or abrasions. Do not think twice if your cut is deep and you bleed a large amount. Please, turn to professional help and disregard anything written here.

How to clean a superficial wound?

If your little one comes into the house saying that he bruised his knee or elbow or any other skin area, here’s what to do:

First, very important is to wash your hands.

Then clean his wound with lots of clean water to get any dirt out.

If the cut is deep, clean and apply pressure on it. Seek professional help as soon as possible.

Use sterile saline solution, if you happen to have it, after rinsing the wound with water and getting rid of all impurities.

Wrap an ice pack in a towel and gently pad the affected area.

Apply a thin layer of antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection. DO NOT use antibiotic ointment if the cut penetrates deep into blood vessels. Seek professional help.

Use a non-stick bandage and wrap up the injury.

Change the bandage a few times a day, especially if it gets wet or dirty.

If you burn your hand while making dinner, put it under running water for a few minutes to stop the injury from “cooking”. Apply Aloe Vera lotion if you have any or simple Aloe Vera gel directly from the middle of the plant. Get an ice pack and place it on the burn. If the burn causes pain further on, take some over-the-counter pain killers. If the burn starts to look bad, seek medical attention.
How to clean a superficial skin injury to prevent infection