Taking care of children’s grazes and bruises

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Let’s face it – most kids are pretty accident-prone! Whether it’s the early days of learning how to walk, or a bit older when they just don’t look where they’re going – bumps and bruises are part and parcel of life. Which ones are serious, and which can you take care of on your own?

We’ve teamed up with Children’s Panadol to provide you with lots of quick and helpful information covering many aspects of children’s health and development. We hope you’ll find them a great resource as you take care of your family every day.

Taking care of children’s grazes and bruises

Falls, knocks, cuts and grazes are a natural part of childhood. Most cuts, bruises and grazes, although upsetting for the child, are usually harmless and easily treated.

How to help relieve minor bumps and bruises

  • Minor grazes can be cleansed with antiseptic as directed and then covered up with an adhesive dressing.
  • Most bruises can simply be treated with a cold pack and elevation of the affected limb to reduce the swelling.
  • If the child is in pain, paracetamol may be given as directed for the child’s age.
  • Keep a First Aid kit in a handy location. Make sure it’s well stocked and regularly updated.

When to contact a doctor

If your child has had a fall, call a doctor or go to your nearest hospital:

  • If your child has nausea or vomiting.
  • If your child appears drowsy or is sleeping more than usual and you can’t wake them.
  • If your child appears to have trouble moving a joint or limb.
  • If the wound is large, deep or gapes open or if bleeding does not stop quickly.
  • If the wound is slow to heal or becomes infected (red, tender or producing pus).

This is an excerpt from The First Five Years, which is a handy and easy to navigate book, specifically developed to help parents. It contains a comprehensive collection of practical parenting information and useful tips for your child’s first five years. If you’ve ever wanted a quick guide to refer to in the middle of the night, or to help you decide when it’s time to see a doctor, this is a resource which will help you on your way. You can view it online or download it for free at The First Five Years.

(This is a sponsored post for Children’s Panadol)

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