Has your little one experienced a tough fall recently? Or maybe, as a proactive parent, you’re hoping to prepare ahead of time for the inevitable. It’s hard enough to heal from traumatic injuries when you’re an adult, but to experience injuries, especially abrasions like cuts and scrapes, as a kid...it’s a whole different story!
How can you make wound care a more rewarding experience for your child? This is easier said than done - but Family Foot & Ankle Care, P.C. is here to help. When your child has a big cut or scrape, the first thing to do is to make sure it’s cleaned and bandaged up. This is a no-brainer, of course! But what about afterward? What if they’re scheduled to go on a field trip the next day, or it rains on their walk to school?
There are some easy interventions here that you can put in place to help prevent infection from setting in. At your local pharmacy, look for a small first aid kit - small enough to fit in your child’s backpack but large enough to not lose it! Pack it with a few of the essentials that you use each time you freshen up your child’s bandage. This can include a handful of new bandages, sanitizing cloths, antimicrobial or antibiotic cream, and anything else you may find handy. If you’re concerned that your child is too young or might forget amidst the excitement of their day to check in on their wound, call their school, camp, or whatever program they’re headed off to enjoy.
Let someone in charge know ahead of time that you would like someone to keep an eye out on your child’s wound, just in case the bandage gets wet or it comes off. Be sure to let them know that they have their own supplies in their backpack! This will make it a lot easier on their caretakers. If your child has a cell phone, you can always check in with them via text message. Before you know it, it’ll be healed up and you might even be due to see Dr. Alan J. Discont again for a foot check-up! Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our convenient location in Chandler, Arizona today.