How to Naturally Clean Cuts, Scrapes, and Boo Boo’s
Remember that less is more when it comes to wound healing. The worst infections I have seen are usually from the over enthusiastic using a bunch of funky natural medicines, or applying vitamin E oil to a wound before it has scarred up.
The body wants to intrinsically heal. Be sure to have your nurse or doctor check out your latest “boo boo” if it is seems to be beyond the average cut or scrape.
I use Cleanwell antibacterial soap (made with thyme) and Burt’s Bees “Rescue Ointment” to help with scar reduction (and for over-dramatic children that just think they need a little dab of love as well as a colorful band-aid.)
How to Clean Cuts, Scrapes, and Boo Boo’s:
1. Flush the area well with water and mild soap, or even just a clean washcloth and water. DO NOT use harsh products like rubbing alcohol or peroxide… those will burn your kiddo’s wound like crazy! Friction is the key to removing the germs, so washing with water and a little scrubbing is BEST.
2. Dry the area with a clean cloth.
3. Just a dab of Antibacterial Ointment and a sterile bandaid or small bandage with cloth tape.
4. Keep the site covered and dry to prevent secondary contamination and infection. Remove the bandage, wash/dry and reapply antibacterial ointment once a day or as needed, and the wound will heal in no time!
If signs of infection appear such as redness, heat, oozing, pus, pain or so forth please contact your doctor or nurse immediately.
Author: Richelle Owens is a Paramedic, Firefighter, EMT and mother of two little girls in North Carolina.