How to Care for a Massive Scrape on Kid

Updated on July 29, 2016
S.R. asks from Scottsdale, AZ
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My dd was skateboarding, fell and has two major scrapes on hip and arm. Fortunately, no bumps to the head (was wearing helmet).
Anyway, the mother of her friend (whose house she was at) cleaned it, sprayed with Neosporin and put a big bandage on it.
Now what? These are going to be big scabs. She won't let me touch it and won't bathe because she's afraid the water will burn.

What can I do next?

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answers from Dallas on

Sounds like its like road rash which is painful.

It's important to keep it clean. I understand why she doesn't want water, it does and it will hurt a few days.

Depending on the wounds, I might see a Dr just to make sure to keep infection away.

I had a horrible road rash type injury on my knee when I was a teen. Very painful. I slept between a white sheet, kept it clean and it aired out a lot.

My husband had road rash after a car accident and he was prescribed Silvadine ( might be misspelled) which was an ointment for burns/road rash.

Good luck, I know it is painful.

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answers from Portland on

We had stitches here last week for a large gash to knee. Huge scrape.

We kept stitches dry 48 hours, then we washed her in a shower. Pat scrapes dry, apply antibacterial cream - leave uncovered.

The first time I showered her the scrapes got this gross stuff - thank you Marda, I know now what it is. My husband said it was fine, but I had my doubts. Looks kind of like slimey ooze. If it turns a nasty color, smells or gets red or feels warm - then you have to worry, but otherwise ok.

A friend of mine is a nurse and she has this spray she puts on her kids' cuts. I don't know what it is called, but I thought of getting some. You might just check out the pharmacy if she won't allow you to wash it.

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answers from Jacksonville on

If you are sure that it was cleaned thoroughly (that might not be the case with something so painful, unless the other mom is a nurse who would ignore the crying and continue on with a thorough saline irrigation) then neosporin, keep it covered (but air out occasionally) and time. Water will burn. Is it necessary for her to have a shower/bath today/tomorrow for some reason? I mean, some event she has to go to, or official pictures or something? I'd let her sponge bath for a day or two, until a scab begins to develop.

If the scrapes are over joints, you might consider having her seen professionally anyway. Flat surfaces on your forearm are one thing, or the fatty tissue on the side of your hip, but over the elbow might be another matter. ?

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answers from Norfolk on

Once the new skin starts healing up within a few days it'll start to itch and scratching it will be not a good thing to do.
At that point soaking it in the bath tub will feel pretty good.
With small scrapes I've had good luck with Compeed type bandages.
The trick is to put in on and leave it until it's less swelled up (it's not absorbing fluid anymore because the new skin is a barrier) and then soak it and gently peel it off.

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answers from St. Louis on

Remind her that if she doesn't let you clean it it will get infected and hurt words. I have found the neosporin with pain killers is best for scrapes because it keeps the scab from cracking which really hurts just when it is starting to heal.

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answers from Chicago on

When I was about 11, I was running away from a neighbors dog. I fell and scraped up my arm. It hurt, a lot. And yeah, getting in to water hurts. But once in the water it does feel better. I have the same problem when my younger kids get sores and scrapes. We put a cold, wet cloth on the sore as they get in the water. It helps shield and sooth it. It has helped a lot with getting them to take a bath. When it is time to clean up, we just pour soapy water over it, no scrubbing, and pat dry. Make sure it is covered so nothing gets into it.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

How old is she? You're the boss. You have to just make her take a shower. If she's smaller you can help her. But the soap and water will help it heal. If she's a teen then you have your work cut out for you.



answers from San Francisco on

Neosporin and a bandage.

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