The Do's and Don't on How to Care for Bumps and Bruises - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/4/02

The Do's and Don't on How to Care for Bumps and Bruises

Get a bunch of kids together and a few bumps and bruises are bound to happen, and then, it's mom or dad to the rescue with a band-aid. But if you think it's better to let those cuts heal naturally and uncovered, a Trauma Surgeon at St. Luke's Hospital in Pennsylvania, Dr. Brian Hoey, has some other advice on that subject.

"That's a myth. I think if you keep it exposed to air from the beginning, you're more likely to scab, and the wound is more likely to scar. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water, blot it dry, and then cover the wound and keep it covered. I'd say for a minimum of two to three days," says Dr. Hoey.

Dr. Hoey also says that it's a good idea to use an anti-itch or antibiotic cream to cover the wound because that reduces the risk of infection.

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