Child Care & First Aid : How to Treat a Small Cut or Scrape

You’re child’s been out in the playground
and skinned their knee, or perhaps you were cutting carrots for dinner and you’ve sliced
your thumb. How do you treat those injuries? My name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP, health
and wellness consultant, and I’ve got a couple tips and strategies for you. The first thing
that you want to do is to make sure that you clean the area, particularly a dirty wound
like someone out on the playground. So, it’s just helpful to run warm water over that.
You don’t have to use a lot of friction unless there’s a lot of dirt in the wound, and you
don’t need to use anything that stings. We don’t recommend alcohol or mercuricome, or
even hydrogen peroxide anymore. At this point, water and a little bit of soap is what’s recommended.
Once it’s clean, you want to make sure that the bleeding is stopped, and so to do that
you apply some pressure to the, the spot. Say it’s your thumb, you want to hold, hold
it tight, hold something clean and dry, even a paper towel, for, could be a minute or two
before the bleeding totally stops. Once that’s happened with either wound, you’re ready to
bandage it. And there are a variety of bandages and things out there are on the market these
days. You want to pick a bandage that’s big enough for the cut, and that works well with
you. If you’ve got a latex allergy, you want to avoid latex, otherwise any, any of them
that come on the market are fine. There are even some spray on bandages that might work
well for your child with the skinned knee, and these are kind of interesting. They provide
a protective layer over the skin. You do not necessarily need to use an antibiotic ointment,
particularly for that kitchen cut on your thumb. Perhaps for the child with the skinned
knee, given it’s a wider area, I might be more tempted to use an antibiotic ointment
on something like that. Then the idea would be to change that bandage daily, partly so
you can take a peek at it and make sure it’s not getting infected, and of course, if the
area gets wet, you want to change the bandage. Once the wound seems to be healing, then you
can take the bandage off. Your body really recovers quite well and quickly. I hope those
strategies have helped. My name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP, health and wellness consultant,
and may your wound heal quickly.


  1. Thanks, this video was informative and helpful. Am I the only one who thought(thinks) the picture in the background is a person biting another persons nipples? It can't be an X-Ray since the tissue of the nipple isn't bone therefore doesn't show in X-Rays. But man…. It definitely looks like it.

  2. I made? (in the losest sence of the word) a bandage i haven't tryed it out yet (And by god i hope i dont have to) Its just tp (Toliet paper) and duck tape (That gray sticky stuff) *Im not to good to spelling so yeah*

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