Part of being a child means falling and getting all bruised up. You as a parent may be concerned if these bruises will scar your child for life. The answer is that most scars fade with time especially if it’s given proper attention.
- Right away… Wash the bruise up with soap and water and then evaluate the injury. Any wound that is open even a little bit must be shown to a doctor. Your child may need stitches which will help minimize the scarring. If the injury is on the face, you should use a plastic surgeon.
- While it heals… If your child does get stitches make sure to follow all the doctor’s orders till the follow up visit. If you were able to treat it yourself, try to keep it moist with petroleum jelly because if the scab becomes dry it will make the scar worse. Keep the bruise covered and try to change the bandage twice a day. Make sure to clean it and reapply the ointment each time. If you notice any pus or increasing redness around the area call your doctor or pediatrician.
- After it heals… To help minimize the scar there are doctors that suggest to massage the area two or three times a day. Buying an over the counter scar treatment cream can’t hurt. If the scar is still bothering you or your child after six months see a pediatric dermatologist.