International Children’s day – Wounds and scratches

International Children’s day – Wounds and scratches
01/06/2015 Margarida Moreira

Children are the greatest joy you can bring to a family. All the banter and learning are moments of wonder and newness to many adults.

“A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.” -Author Unknown

Children enjoy most of the day having fun, exploring and learning new things.

“You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again.” -Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762

Therefore, sometimes, during those periods of fun getting hurt, by creating a few scrapes and bruises that concern the heart of a mother or father…

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” -Angela Schwindt

Wounds and scratches

The wound is triggered when the integrity of a tissue is lost or broken due to a fall or a surgical procedure, for example, when the skin suffers break or burn.

Acute wounds can be classified into one of eight categories:

  • Abrasion: when the skin is damaged by rubbing against abrasive agent (with surfacefriction, harsh or rough). Example: wounds on elbows and knees after a bike crash.
  • Avulsion: when a structure partially or completely peels back. Example: definitive loss of a tooth or ear.
  • Contusion/Hematoma: is an injury without fracture (concussion) of the soft tissues of the body, generated by the mechanical impact of a foreign agent on one part of the body. Example: purple spots on the skin after a blow or fall.
  • Crush injury: when a heavy object hit against a person, causing extensive tissue damage of underlying structures. Example: crushing of the thorax.
  • Cutting: when an object classified causes skin damage cutting. If the cut is deepsurgical intervention may be required. Example: cut with a broken bottle or knife.
  • Laceration: injury caused by wound or tear with jagged margins. Example: caused by childbirth.
  • Speed wound: when an object enters the body at high speed.
  • Penetrating wound: deep wounds produced by pointed objects. Example: caused by nails or broken glass.

Simple steps to treat a wound

  1. Stop the bleeding;
  2. Clean the wound;
  3. Bandage with bandages or or applying band-aids to prevent infection.

In homeopathy, it is recommended the application of compresses wetted with infusion of Marigold (Calendula officinalis) to clean the wounds (before wrapping bandages).

 

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