First Aid: 4 Natural Ways To Care For Your Child's Cut

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Your child might suffer a cut for a number of reasons, and you should be prepared for this minor emergency. There are a few things you can do to take care of the cut. The following suggestions should help your child heal correctly, which may prevent scarring.

Raw Honey

You can use honey to heal your child's wound. Honey has antibacterial properties, like hydrogen peroxide, which will disinfect the wound. Honey should also help the wound heal without scarring. To use this method, just rub some raw honey (it must be raw honey or raw manuka honey to be effective) on the wound, and put a bandage on. You can change the bandage every other day and add more honey until the wound heals.

Bentonite Clay

This one might seem weird, but you can put some dirt on the wound to help it heal. Bentonite clay is negatively charged, which means that it can attract positively charged things from you like, harmful bacteria that can infect the wound. To use this clay, all you need to do is sprinkle a little on the fresh cut. Make sure the clay saturates the wound.

You can also add a little apple cider vinegar to the clay until it is paste like and put the paste on the cut. Then you can go ahead and bandage it up.

Tea Tree Oil

Another natural method to consider is tea tree essential oil. Tea tree oil is antibacterial because of the bacteria-killing ingredients within it, like limonene. It is also antiseptic. This will purify the wound and prevent harmful bacteria from taking over.

You will need to dilute this oil in a carrier oil before you put this on the wound. It is very strong and could discolor the skin when used directly. Just add a few drops to a 2-3 tablespoons of coconut or grapeseed oil. You should find these oils at your local health food store, or you can find them online.

Coconut Oil

The last thing you may want to try is coconut oil. To get the fullest effect, you should buy the organic, unrefined version. You should find this at your local health food store. Coconut oil will be helpful because it is antibacterial; this is due to the fatty acids within the oil. You can put a little oil on the wound and bandage as normal. You can repeat the process every couple days till the wound heals.

These are just a few ways you can treat minor wounds naturally. But, remember that these solutions are only meant to deal with minor cuts; more serious wounds must be treated by your doctor. To learn more, contact a children's clinic like Kitsap Children's Clinic LLP


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