Skin Problems - Bites, Blisters and Burns
Your child may be bitten by a dog,
cat or another child. If this happens, call the doctor immediately. Wash
the wound with soap and water for about 15 minutes. Try to stem the bleeding,
if any, and cover the wound with a sterile bandage. Do not apply antiseptic.
The doctor may need to give your child a booster tetanus shot or antibiotics
if there is an infection.
When any part of the body has been
chafed, rubbed or burned, the skin forms a blister as a protective measure.
Do not prick a blister on any account. The blister will subside naturally
and the skin will become dry and hard.
In the case of a minor burn, simply
pour cold water over it; the colder the better. Do not apply any
ointment and never burst a blister. The best treatment is to cover
the injury with clean gauze or a fresh cotton handkerchief. In the
case of serious burns, you should immediately take him to a hospital emergency
room for proper treatment.
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