From nervous first-time moms to the unfazed parents of five, we all want to keep our kids safe. But, we can’t always protect them from the minor cuts, scrapes, burns and various other “battle wounds” that are an inevitable part of growing up.
What we can do is choose a first aid treatment that kills a wide variety of germs and helps prevent infection, to get our little explorers back to their adventures.
Debunking Common Myths
Myth #1: Minor cuts and scrapes don’t need to be treated. FALSE
FACT: Preventing infection should be a priority when treating a minor cut or scrape. Infections can significantly delay healing,1 so it is important to keep the wound clean and use a first aid treatment that kills a variety of germs and supports healthy healing.
Myth #2: Rubbing alcohol is an antiseptic that helps heal cuts and wounds quickly. FALSE
FACT: Rubbing alcohol is an effective antiseptic, but may delay healing of wounds and cause damage to otherwise healthy tissue.2
Myth #3: All antiseptics sting, and that’s how I know they are working. FALSE
FACT: Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide can sting when applied to broken skin and may delay wound healing, but some antiseptics, such as povidone-iodine, are alcohol free.
Myth #4: Put butter on a burn. FALSE
FACT: Treating burns with butter is an old wives’ tale and can actually make things worse by slowing the release of heat from the skin.3 For serious burns, consult your doctor before treating.
Myth #5: The ocean’s salt water heals all wounds. FALSE
FACT: While it is okay to swim in the ocean while you have a minor cut, scrape or burn, the salt water is not guaranteed to heal your wounds.4
Myth #6: A scab is needed for a wound to heal. FALSE
FACT: A scab develops when the wound is allowed to dry, which may make it more difficult for new skin cells to cover the wound.5
Myth #7: Keeping a wound dry helps it heal faster. FALSE
FACT: Minor cuts, scrapes and burns need a moist and clean environment in order to heal faster. Leaving a wound untreated and uncovered can cause it to dry out, slowing the healing process.6
Myth #8: Infections, if they occur, will set in within 24 hours. FALSE
FACT: Topical infections can set in even after 24 hours,7 so it is important to keep the wound clean. An effective topical antiseptic can also be used to help prevent infection.
“I think many parents do not know the differences in first aid treatments. A topical antiseptic is what you need to treat a minor wound and support healthy healing.”
Dr. Natasha Burgert, pediatrician and healthy child advocate
First Aid is Easy as
When it comes to treating minor cuts, scrapes and burns, your first line of defense is a topical antiseptic that kills a variety of germs and supports healthy healing.
“My son is an adventurous little guy, and he is starting to get scrapes and cuts when he is outside playing. I see this as a healthy, normal part of growing up and I’m proud to watch him explore on his own, but when he does get hurt, it’s important to choose first aid treatments to protect from germs and help prevent infection.”
Whitney Port, Mom and TV Star
Stocking Your Go-To First Aid Kit
Whether at home or on-the-go, be prepared with a first aid kit to handle whatever life may throw your way.
- Topical antiseptic cream, like Betadine
- Hydrocortisone ointment
- Adhesive and gauze bandages
- Instant ice packs
- Aspirin or ibuprofen
- Medical tape
- Emergency contact phone numbers
- Stickers/lollipops to make your kids smile
Have you truly looked at what is in your first aid kit? When was the last time? Most of us don’t replenish our first aid kits as often as we should, and we don’t necessarily need all the “default” products that are in there. It’s time to take a closer look at first aid products. Learn more about stocking your first aid kit
Be Prepared: Minor injuries can happen anywhere, at any time. We can’t always prevent minor cuts, scrapes and burns, but we can be prepared to treat them — by keeping first aid supplies in these helpful places:
Top 5 Places to Take a Topical Antiseptic
Camping and Hiking
Bring a topical antiseptic on your next outdoor adventure to help prevent infection if you get a minor cut or scrape.
To the Gym
Even the strongest of gym warriors can fall victim to minor wounds while exercising. Be prepared with an antiseptic that kills a variety of germs.
On Your Next Adventure
Whether your next adventure is near or far, pack a topical antiseptic in your travel bags to ensure a minor wound or infection doesn’t slow down your trip.
To the Game
Sporting events are one of the many places a minor wound can occur. So whether you’re heading to the diamond, field or court, keep a topical antiseptic with your gear to keep you protected.
To the Playground
Kids fall–it’s a fact of life. When your child gets a minor cut jumping off the swing, quickly treat with a topical antiseptic and they’ll be back in action.
What Can You Do?
Understanding first aid best practices will ensure that your family stays safe and healthy.
Switch up your first aid regimen by starting with a topical antiseptic to help prevent infection before it starts. Start Smart with Betadine®.
1König B, Reimer K, Fleischer W, et al. Effects of Betaisodona® on Parameters of Host Defense. Dermatology 1997;195 Supp 2:42–48.
2Conkling, Judy. “Why You Shouldn’t Use Hydrogen Peroxide or Rubbing Alcohol on Cuts and Scrapes.” Via Christi Health, 29 Nov. 2016, www.viachristi.org/blog/why-you-shouldnt-use-hydrogen-peroxide-or-rubbing-alcohol-cuts-and-scrapes#sthash.WkS8z0yN.wxWknyyg.dpbs.
3“Will putting butter on a burn ease the pain?” Via UAMS, 15 April 2019, Retrieved April 15, 2019 from, https://uamshealth.com/healthlibrary2/medicalmyths/butterforburns/
4Preidt, Robert. “Does Salt Water Help Your Cut? And Other Health Myths of Summer.” Via HealthDay, 11 June 2018, https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/sunscreen-and-lotion-health-news-648/does-salt-water-help-your-cut-and-other-health-myths-of-summer-734765.html
5Cobb, Cynthia. “How to Get Rid of Scabs.” Via Healthline, 15 April 2018, https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-get-rid-of-scabs#causes
6“The Benefits of Moist Wound Healing.” Via WoundSource, 21 April 2016, https://www.woundsource.com/blog/benefits-moist-wound-healing
7“Wound Infection.” Via Seattle Children’s, 14 March 2019, https://www.seattlechildrens.org/conditions/a-z/wound-infection/