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The skin is the largest organ in our body. Its main function is defensive, as it serves to isolate us from microorganisms. For this reason, it must be taken into account that any wound, regardless of its size, implies a greater risk of developing an infection.
Once the wound in the child has been treated, either with stitches, staples, glue, or flush strips, basic care is still necessary for this wound to heal.
First of all, to heal a children's wound, we have to clean the wound with soap and water. The water will help carry germs away, and the soap will destroy all the bacteria that have not been eliminated. You should not use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, because, beyond the inconvenience of their use, these substances will hinder the normal healing process.
For practical purposes, if our child has made a significant wound, and we see that there is a clear separation between the edges of the wound, we must seek health care.
The strategies to approximate these edges can be several and This is how to take care of a wound with stitches, staples or glue in children:
In the first 24 hours, we do not have to wet these wounds. After this time, we will wash them (without rubbing vigorously) with soap and water. There are two types of points: soluble (which must not be removed), and insoluble (which must be removed 7-10 days after placement).
- Staples. Maintenance of rough wounds with staples is similar to that of stitches. This is: in the first 24 hours they must not be handled, and after that time they can be washed with soap and water. Its withdrawal will be made 7-10 days after its placement.
- Biological glue
Several years ago, an alternative to staples and stitches emerged to promote wound closure, more comfortable for children. Biological glue rough wounds should not be wetted within 24-48 hours. Afterwards, they can be handled without problems.
- Approach strips
They are small plasters that help the edges of the wound stay together. If they get wet, they run the risk of detaching.
It is important to know that wounds with a high risk of infection, such as those due to animal bites, do not have to be closed immediately, but rather have to be closed 'by second intention', after a cycle of antibiotic treatment and local cures with antiseptics . If we close them immediately, there is a clear risk of developing skin infections, and these can spread to deeper territories.
Similarly, if there is significant tissue loss, more complex strategies will be used, such as the use of grafts.
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