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Learn easy First Aid strategies

(ARA) Most of us remember the pain from our first tumble or accident as a child. We've all had our share of injuries and it's important to know how to take care of them. Small cuts and scrapes are often seen as an everyday part of childhood and growing up. Most cuts and minor injuries are treatable at home, but the truth is that these minor cuts and scrapes can sometimes lead to more serious problems, if not taken care of properly. According to the Children's Hospital Boston, here are a few First Aid strategies for cuts and scrapes: Apply pressure with a clean cloth or bandage for several minutes to stop bleeding. Wash the cut area well with soap and water, but do not scrub the wound. Remove any dirt particles from the area and if possible, let the water from the faucet run over it for several minutes. A dirty cut or scrape that is not thoroughly cleaned can cause scarring. Apply an antiseptic lotion or cream. Cover the area with an adhesive bandage or gauze pad. Change the dressing often, keep it clean and dry. It can be hard to get kids to comply with wound care. Kid-friendly products can improve their willingness to participate. Products like Mederma for Kids can help get kids involved in their own treatment. While it's almost impossible to prevent your child from receiving cuts and scrapes in an accident, there is a solution to help kids reduce the appearance of any scars left after the wounds have healed. Mederma for Kids is the first and only scar product formulated specifically for kids ages two to 12. Reducing the appearance of a scar can help build their confidence and lessen the embarrassment they may feel. This topical gel helps to reduce the appearance of old and new scars resulting from burns, injuries, cuts and scrapes that occur on playgrounds, during sporting activities or just being active. It is a non-toxic gel that goes on purple and changes to clear as you massage it into the scarred area and has a kid-friendly scent. This creates a fun and carefree atmosphere to treat sensitive areas like the face and other areas of the body. For more information, visit www.medermaforkids.com. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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