Bumps and bruises are a normal part of childhood, and, fortunately, most injuries are minor and require only a little attention. But sometimes, knowing what kind of at-home care to provide can be tricky: Should you keep a cut covered or expose it to air? Does a bruise do better with heat or ice?
Treating the ouchies right the first time is important because it can speed up healing and, in the case of cuts, prevent infection and decrease scarring, explains Diane Madfes, M.D., a New York City board certified dermatologist and member of the American Academy of Dermatology. Follow these tips to help heal your kid's minor boo-boos quickly.