I just thought this short little story we ran this week was a good reminder. I usually take the band-aid off my kids after they stop bleeding to let the air get to the wound. It seems to heal faster that way. This advice from an ABC doctor says to keep the band-aid on to prevent infection.Serious skin infections sent 67-thousand American children to the hospital in 2006 alone making the infections the 8th most common cause of child hospitalizations. Now doctors are trying to get the word out to parents on how they can help reduce their child's risk of skin infections.
Kids under four-years-old are most at risk of developing skin infections. Doctors say washing your hands frequently when handling babies, and making sure wounds on children are kept clean and covered help to significantly reduce a child's risk of skin infection. Some early warning signs you can be on the lookout for are sores that do not seem to be healing, or a stubborn sore that is accompanied by a high fever.
Do you keep band-aids on your child's scrapes and sores?
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