Soothing Summer Scrapes: Keeping Children Safe and Healthy this Season
When the weather heats up and school lets out, outside is where kids want to be. As such, summer scrapes, bumps, and bruises are nearly inevitable. This summer, turn to this handy guide for soothing summer scrapes.
What to Do First
Before you do anything else, make sure your child isn’t seriously injured. Then administer hugs and sympathy. Next, clean the wound promptly. If it’s bleeding, let it flush out any debris on its own, then carefully wash it with cool, clean water. Use a mild soap to wash away any dirt. Apply a soother, then cover with a loose gauze bandage.
Different situations or wounds can call for different natural soothers. Look below to see what’s best for your situation.
Soother #1: Honey + Aloe Vera
This summer soother literally has everything needed to put things to rights again. Aloe vera and honey are both powerful natural antibiotics.
What to do: Blend equal portions aloe vera (fresh if possible) and honey together, and gently spread it over the scraped area before applying the bandage.
Soother #2: Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is also a natural antibiotic as well as a natural anti-inflammatory.
What to do: You can either dilute the oil in a bit of cool water and drip it on the wound with an eyedropper, or you can use a cream with tea tree oil added. This should reduce inflammation and kill bacteria.
Soother #3: Lavender Oil
Who doesn’t love the calming scent of lavender? As it turns out, lavender can not only ward off bacterial infections but it can also ease pain.
What to do: Make a base of olive oil, then add 1 drop of lavender oil for every 1 ounce of olive oil. Drip it on the scrape with an eyedropper.
Soother #4: Chamomile
Chamomile is well known as a sleep aid, but now researchers are discovering it does far more than that. Whether the scrape you are soothing comes from, cuts, rashes, sores or bruises, chamomile ointment or cream can make short work of the discomfort these can cause. Chamomile even works wonders on insect bites and stings. However, be careful with bites—an insect allergy cannot be soothed by chamomile. An exterminator in Alexandria, Virginia, recommends keeping a dose of epinephrine—typically in the form of an EpiPen—on hand to treat allergic reactions.
What to do: Choose a cream or ointment to spread onto the wound, or add some dried chamomile leaves and flowers into a warm bath for an all-over soother.
It can be smart to ensure you have these helpful natural soothers on hand as summer begins. You may even want to designate a special storage shelf so you can get to them quickly!
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