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How to Treat Infant Wounds

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Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
How to Treat Infant Wounds
An infant's minor cuts and scrapes can be treated at home. Photo Credit: Eric Gevaert/Hemera/Getty Images

The sight of blood on your infant will likely cause panic and worry. Most wounds are minor and can be treated at home, reports Kids Health. Cuts and scrapes are an unavoidable part of growing up, and as your infant becomes more mobile he is more likely to get small injuries. If your infant receives a wound, you can easily provide home care if you understand the steps it takes to stop the bleeding and apply a dressing.

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Step 1

Rinse the wound with clean water to wash away any dirt. Continue rinsing until all dirt or debris is removed.

Step 2

Wash the wound with mild soap and warm water. Rinse the wound to remove all soap.

Step 3

Apply pressure to stop any bleeding. Use a clean cloth, place it over the wound and use gentle pressure until the bleeding stops.

Step 4

Put a thin layer of ointment on the wound. Use an antibiotic ointment to help keep the wound clean. Look for an ointment that is made for babies, as infant skin can be sensitive to the ingredients in some wound care products.

Step 5

Place a bandage over the ointment. Apply gentle pressure to fully adhere the bandage to your infant's skin.

Step 6

Check on the wound every day. Look to make sure it is healing and that it is clean. Remove the old dressing, examine the wound and then apply a clean bandage.

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