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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