First Aid for a Scraped Knee
Scraped knees are an extraordinarily common injury, especially amongst kids. Any time you fall to the ground or stumble into an object, the knee is usually the part of the body that takes the brunt of the damage. This might be the most common injury out there, so it’s especially important to know the proper first aid procedures for it. Luckily, there are lots of simple and easy first aid steps you can carry out should you or someone you know ever get this injury.
A scraped knee is no emergency. They happen all the time, and can almost always heal by themselves without needed to go to a doctor. The only time you need to be worried about a scraped knee injury is if it gets seriously infected. This can cause serious long term damage to your body, and should be avoided. So, it makes sense that your priority for first aid will be preventing infection in the wound. Here’s how.
- Remember that since this isn’t an emergency, you can take your time and make sure things are done right. Go slowly and make sure that all the materials you use are the proper ones and are clean enough not to cause infection.
- Was your hands thoroughly before dealing with the wound. If possible, wear plastic or rubber gloves as well.
- Wash the wound with warm water and soap to remove grit and grime
- Use first aid scissors to cut away flaps of dead skin that might harbor bacteria
- Apply some kind of antibiotic cream or ointment. If none is available, use some other disinfecting liquid like alcohol or hydrogen preoxide
- Be sure to use only sterile materials in your bandage
Dealing with the pain
Even though a knee scrape isn’t serious, it’s still painful Luckily, there are a few things can can be done to help deal with this.
- Once the wound has been well bandaged, you can reduce swelling and numb pain with an ice pack.
- You can take over the counter painkillers like aspirin or ibuprofen to help deal with the pain
- There are many antibiotic creams that include a numbing chemical. You may want to use one if you have it.