Wound dressing know-how

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Forget about “being brave” and “not fussing too much” by letting a wound heal in dry air, even if it’s just a scrape or a small cut: Research has shown that letting a wound heal under moist and covered up conditions will heal faster and prevent scabs and scarring.

Fortunately, today’s wound dressings incorporate the latest medical technologies and come in different shapes, structures and sizes to help with this process and that today’s generation of Elastoplast plasters can even prevent scarring and scabs.

In order to give your family the best wound care there is, you should stock up on plasters in different shapes and sizes and benefit from the range of selection offered in packs such as Elastoplast Kitchen Kit, containing strips especially suited to fit fingertips, knuckles etc.

Scratches and cuts

If your child has a small cut or a scratch clean and, if necessary, disinfect the wound and make sure that debris or small objects are removed.

If the wound bleeds intensely, such as is sometimes the case with cuts in the face or on a finger, stop the bleeding by applying pressure with a sterile bandage like Elastoplast Non-stick Dressing.

Depending on where the wound is located, choose a matching wound dressing. Hypoallergenic Spots are barely noticeable and are ideal for covering wounds on visible body parts. A larger scratched area, such as on the knee, will need a strong plaster such as from the Elastoplast Plastic or Fabric ranges.

Blisters

If  the skin that is blistered is still intact, decide if you want to leave it uncovered to let it heal on its own. But if it’s an area where it might get rubbed, such as on your hand or on the heel, you should protect the blister from further friction as soon as possible to prevent the blister roof from breaking.

Elastoplast Blister Plaster can help to relieve pain from blisters, while sealing the affected area safely against dirt and bacteria. The hydrocolloid technology will also help to heal blisters faster.

Body part logistics

Generally, plasters like Elastoplast Plastic Plasters or Elastoplast Fabric Plasters that are available in different strip sizes or dressing length (which can be cut to the desired size) will offer the right coverage for your wound. But depending on where the wound is located, there are better choices which will offer the ideal shape, size, material or adhesion tailored to your specific needs.

Find the ideal wound dressing in the Elastoplast range.

Very small cuts and scrapes can be covered by Elastoplast Hypoallergenic Transparent Spots, tiny round plasters.

Greater patches of skin, such as on knees or mobile parts such as joints which are exposed to a lot of movement and friction are ideally covered with an Elastoplast Fabric Extra Flexible Plaster.

If the wound located in an area that is absolutely difficult to cover with a plaster strip you could try Elastoplast Spray Plaster. It offers convenient one-hand application, even in awkward places, and provides a waterproof, transparent breathable and skin-friendly film for your wound.

Kids first aid: misfortunes without tears

Children often fall during sports or playtime, injuring themselves with a graze or a cut. There are child-friendly ways to treat these minor, yet painful injuries, so that misfortunes are quickly forgotten.

For scrapes or wounds on knees and elbows: Using an Elastoplast Antibacterial Plaster is especially clever: Thanks to its Silver Technology it will provide antibacterial action (killing harmful germs, thus reducing the risk of infection for your child) while being large enough to cover up an entire knee.

Teenagers who hurt themselves while doing sports might prefer the durability of Elastoplast Heavy Fabric Waterproof Plasters.

Joint venture: scraped knees, elbows or knuckles

Covering fingers, heels, knuckles, and knees can be tricky, as you move them a lot, but you‘ll want to keep them covered to keep dirt out.

Try specialised plasters such as Elastoplast Extra Flexible Fabric Plasters which provide durable protection for those body parts as well as allowing for greater mobility.

Another alternative is a liquid spray bandage such as Elastoplast Spray Plaster. The convenient and transparent wound protection provides instant action against bacteria. The sprayed-on film is flexible and can be applied even in awkward or hard-to-reach places, it is waterproof (shower-resistant!) and only needs to be applied once.

Sensitive skin?

If your child has sensitive skin, then you might want to choose the extra skin-friendly Elastoplast Antibacterial Sensitive Plaster. It has Silver Technology and antiseptic qualities to help reduce the risk of infection.

When to seek medical care

Always see your doctor if the wound is deep, bleeding or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth.

Also make sure to seek medical help if you are not able to clean the wound properly.

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL.  FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, TALK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.

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8 Comments

  1. dawnblyth 30/09/2019 at 12:48 pm

    What a great coverage Elastoplast gives in their dressings range! I didn’t even know there were so many different types of dressings available on the general market. I will be looking more closely at the supermarket/chemist next time I am in to find some more dressings! I often find the normal plaster doesn’t quite cut a certain type of cut but if I had some on hand, in my first aid kit, then it would solve a lot of ‘stickability’ issues that the normal plaster presents with when trying to cover a tricky area!!

  2. MuddledUpMolly 30/09/2019 at 12:35 pm

    Elastoplast have a great range and it is awesome to see that the range caters for people who need products that are more gentle for different reasons. I have the new wound care kit and I am looking forward to using the new wound spray to hopefully make for better healing times and overall better handling of scrapes.

  3. Alezandra 29/09/2019 at 11:32 pm

    I didn’t even know there were different types of plasters other than cloth or the plastic one. The antibacterial sensitive plaster looks like a good investment. My son has eczema and when he scratches his skin coz of eczema it just starts to bleed or blister. So this type of plaster might be a good idea for his skin type.

  4. Loucyd3 29/09/2019 at 8:44 pm

    The spray is such a great idea, I know my kids are always squirming when I need to wash their cuts/grazes and this would make it so much easier without the drama everytime it comes to cleaning their wee wounds.

  5. SarahBlair 26/09/2019 at 4:37 pm

    The spray sounds fantastic, I can imagine my kids would be a lot happier with that than a face cloth or cotton wool on a graze!! We have a lot of the plasters in all shapes and sizes and the different shapes make wound dressing so easy!!

  6. Shorrty4life1 25/09/2019 at 11:45 am

    Wowee I never knew about all these different plasters and the facts behind them and how they technically help heal faster etc and all different shapes and sizes too. I used to buy plaster’s for my kids when they were little and a bit clumsy but haven’t for a while. Definitely going to get some elastoplast plasters in groceries after hearing all the benefits and how they can stop scarring too.

  7. Micht 24/09/2019 at 6:13 pm

    I love the ease of a spray cos its always a mission getting a cotton wool swab to touch a newly bleeding wound… a spray makes it quick and easy with less fuss and more coverage… and of course a plaster makes it all ok too…

  8. Bevik1971 24/09/2019 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve always loved the Elastoplast range, tried and true. I try and tell my 6 year old that it is better to not cover up a scrap or small cut but to let it heal in the air. Of course she usually wants a plaster haha, then it’s hard to get the darn thing off as it’s a real drama! 🙂

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