Children often heal quickly from their wounds and this can be attributed to the regenerative properties common in young skin. Parents can prevent a life-long scar from forming just by following a few precautions during the early stages of recovery.
Early Scar Formation, Intervention
Young kids tend to become both energetic and clumsy during their normal playtime routines. Falls, scrapes, and bumps are common childhood experiences. For these reasons in particular, it is important to keep a scar treatment kit readily available in your home.
To prevent scarring in your children, the following steps should be initiated after the initial injury:
1. Clean the affected area completely.
This step can help to boost the healing response directly after the injury or surgery and this is essential for maintaining the recovery process during the subsequent weeks. Young people heal quickly so it is important to prevent the area from becoming infected right away.
2. Begin treating the scar as soon as possible.
Treating a scar early can prevent the blemish from becoming overly visible, which is particularly important when dealing with a wound on the face. Re-injuries can cause additional build-up of scar tissue, which can leave an imprint for many years. The amount of collagen tissue produced will depend on how early the wound receives attention so start treating the scar right away to minimize the amount of scarring in the future.
3. Prevent the child from scratching or interfering with the natural healing process.
Use adhesive bandages to keep the width of the wound as small as possible. This will reduce the total amount of scar tissue needed to close the gap. If the wound is on the arm, try to immobilize the arm to help prevent the child from opening the wound. After the initial stages of wound healing and the scab has disappeared, occasionally apply an exfoliation product to the scar and this will help to remove the dead skin cells during the advanced stages of wound repair.
4. Maintain a regular treatment routine for the entire duration of the child's healing process.
Routine interventions are essential for proper wound repair. Normal tissue tends to face a single direction but scar tissue is multi-directional. Reducing the quantity of scar tissue is important for maintaining full range of motion. Applying the treatment on a regular basis will encourage the normal alignment of skin tissue which will lead to a better end result. This can be done every morning and evening, for example.
5. Select high-quality scar treatment products.
Reduce secondary tissue damage as much as possible. Use gentle and effective products to increase the rate of healing. Fruit-based creams are particularly efficacious. Gentle, natural products are designed to reduce the amount of inflammation around the wound while boosting the child's immune system.
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