Wounds can occur on any part of the body. Most minor wounds can be treated at home. In this article, learn how to apply first aid for cuts and wounds.
Key Points in Treating Cuts and Wounds
Though some wounds may be minor and can heal on their own without more than a bandaid, some cases may be more serious. It is important to clean and protect the wound from infection.
Here are other tips to remember:
- Remember to stop the bleeding. Do this by applying pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or gauze.
- Remember to clean the wound using cool water.
- Always protect the wound with bandages until it has formed a scab.
- Keep the wound clean while it is healing. Cover the wound with a bandaid if it is likely to get dirty or irritated.
- Always be mindful and observant for any signs of infection.
- Immediately seek medical attention if you cannot stop the wound from bleeding, or if you suspect a more serious injury.
How to Apply First Aid for Cuts and Wounds
Here are the steps to performing first aid on various cuts and wounds.
Calm your child
If your child is crying due to pain or shock from the wound, the first step is to calm them down. This can make treatment of the wound easier as your child will become more cooperative. Comfort your child and inform them of how you can help treat the wound.
Wash your hands
The next step in applying first aid for cuts and wounds is to wash your hands. Properly wash your hands with soap and water to make sure that your hands are clean. This will help ensure that the wound will not get infected and to prevent serious complications from developing.
Stop the bleeding
If the wound is bleeding, you have to stop it. You can stop it by applying firm pressure on the wound with a clean cloth or gauze. Keep the pressure until it stops bleeding.
Clean the wound
Once you have stopped the bleeding, assess your child’s wound. If you notice that the wound is shallow, but has some dirt or grit, then clean it. You can use tweezers and warm water to remove the dirt. Do not agitate the wound by scrubbing.
Bandage the wound
Once the wound is clean, cover it with a bandage. Regularly replace it until the wound forms a scab. The dressing protects the wound and prevents it from getting infected. This also stops the wound from forming and oozing pus and reduces the pain your child may feel.