Today, I’m gonna put the foodie in me into a pause and I’m gonna wear my mommy hat. Let’s talk about our kids who are always on the go, always playful, and always malikot. Aren’t they the most happy and adorable when they are having the time of their life playing? Awww, that’s what I feel when I look at Ykaie with her friends outside. But you know what, that’s also the time when she goes home to me with either a cut, a bruise, or an abrasion. Oh, if only we can put them in a bubble so they wont get hurt. That’s not the case, though.
My immediate reaction is of course worried. What I used to do is I put hydrogen peroxide on the wound to clean it before putting an antibacterial cream. There was a time when Ykaie’s wound got inflamed and she was crying all the time because of it. Well, that won’t happen again because now I know better.
I was very fortunate to have attended a talk about Wound Care last week together with fellow mommy bloggers. The talk was held at Sofitel Manila and is sponsored by Fucidin® from LEO Pharma™.
There I got to know Staphy a little better. Meet Staphy! Staphy or Staphylococcus aureus for long is one specie of bacteria that live on skin as well as in mucous membranes ( like our nose). It is totally harmless as long as there is no break in the skin’s barrier. However, it happens to be one of two main bacteria most commonly involved in children’s skin infections.
When there’s a break on the skin surface from a wound, Staphy takes this opportunity to move from the surface to underneath—what the skin barriers are trying to protect—and start to multiply. And when given the chance to invade skin, Staphy can kill cells that fight infection, release toxins, and hinder your child’s immune response so as to survive in the body. So yes, Staphy is the culprit behind wound infection and the one moms like you must battle at all cost!
It’s the reason why the wound gets infected. Signs of infection include redness, increasing pain, pus secretion, warmth or swelling around the area. If your child has staph infections, he may also complain of a sore, a spider bite, an insect bite, or an infected pimple. It may have started out small and itchy, but then progressed to something red and sore.
According to pediatrician,Dr. Kristine Gutierrez, Cleaning is not enough.
While general cleanliness and good hygiene, as well as cleansing the wound with clean hands (important!), are your child’s first line of defense against harmful bacteria like Staphy, it must not stop there. While washing with soap and water can remove 90% of bacteria from the area, it doesn’t kill them. So you have to take your child’s protection a step further so as not to give invaders like Staphy an opportunity to attack. Ever.
We can’t stress enough the importance of applying antibiotic ointment under the bandage to protect minor wounds from infection. It can also keep the wound area moist, which helps hasten the healing process when applied regularly over a period of at least seven days. Furthermore, it prevents the bacteria and infection from spreading to not just other parts of your child’s body, but also other members of your family.
But you have to choose the right antibiotic ointment You should go with one that has a reliable background and contains a powerful antibiotic with a clinically proven action against Staphy, such as fusidic acid or Fucidin®.
Fucidin®is a powerful, fast-acting, and deep penetrating topical antibiotic that destroys harmful bacteria, battles wound infection, and protects your child from the serious diseases this may cause—all while remaining kind to your child’s sensitive skin cells. It’s your ultimate ally against wound infection from Staphy!
Dr. Irene Gardiner also gave a talk about wound care.
She told us that contrary to popular belief of keeping the would exposed, we have to KEEP our child’s wound WET.
You must NOT keep wounds dry and exposed to air; not only does this not help wounds heal, this only slows down healing. Blowing into your child’s wound, for instance, will not only keep it dry but also possibly bring in more germs. To accelerate healing, wounds should be kept moist, clean, and covered. Moisture keeps bandages from sticking to the wound and causing further damage. Applying a layer of antibiotic ointment like Fucidin® will keep the wound moist and help prevent infection.
What are the advantages of using Fucidin®?
Fucidin® topical formulations reaches effective tissue levels in as little as 2 hours. It is chemically and structurally different from other antibiotics. It has excellent skin penetration. It’s not altered or rendered inactive by bacterial enzymes. No cross resistance. And has low reports of allergic reactions.
Mr. Lars Olen, Vice President of LEO Pharma™, talked more about LEO Pharma™ and how they are doing more research in order to help a lot of people. According to him, they don’t really measure their profits but how many people they have helped. He also entertained some questions about Fucidin® after the talk.
I really learned a lot about Wound Care, the First Aid Kit Essentials, the Steps to Proper Wound Care, and Fucidin® product and uses.
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Mommies, let’s all join the fight against wound infection! No to Staphy! and Yes to Fucidin®!