Wound Care for Children: Interview with Dr. Giselle Adasa, Pediatric Dermatologist
While the skin of a child has innate defenses to fight off bacterial skin infections, it is important to know how to care for wounds. This is because the ability of your wound to heal will depend on how you take care of it. Caring for your child’s wound is important to promote optimal healing and avoid infection.
Dr. Gisella E. Umali-Adasa, a pediatric dermatologist and a member of the Philippine Dermatological Society, defined a wound as any break in the skin caused by various factors such as a cut, scrape, puncture or incision. She further added, “that any break in your child’s skin predisposes the child to develop skin infection. However, note that not all wounds lead to infection.”
“When we have wounds, our body has its own defense mechanism to fight against infection. This is where our immune system plays a pivotal role to protect the wound from developing infection. The body’s immune system relies on vitamins and minerals to heal. For this reason, a well-balanced diet with food rich in vitamin and protein is highly encouraged during the process of wound healing,” she added
“The first thing to do in caring for your child’s wound is to clean it with mild soap and water. Flushing the affected area from dirt and bacteria with running water is advisable. Avoid using alcohol or alcohol based antiseptic wash for minor wounds because of the risk of skin irritation and drying. After cleaning the wound, a common practice is to apply antibiotic ointment. However, this should be done with proper guidance to prevent the emergence of resistant strains of bacteria,” stated Dr. Adasa.
She added, “if you recommend that parent should apply this, then make sure you also equip them with the proper information on when and how to apply.” It is recommended that the topical antibiotic be applied as directed by your physician.
When asked what signs to watch out for in your child’s wound, Dr. Adasa said “If the skin around the wound becomes inflamed, the wound discharge increases in amount or is accompanied by an unpleasant smell. Generally, if you feel that the wound is healing too slowly and your child develops fever and enlarging lymph nodes it is best to consult a dermatologist at the soonest possible time.” Dr. Adasa advised to always see a certified dermatologist accredited by the Philippine Dermatological Society when you have skin concerns rather than to self-medicate or self-diagnose.
Foskina Ointment, a product of Glenmark, offers a wide range of activity over other available products. It is safer and much better tolerated. Foskina contains 2% of Mupirocin, an antibiotic that is indicated for the topical treatment of bacterial skin infections like furuncles, impertigo and open wounds, among others. It is also extremely useful in the treatment of MRSA or Methicillin-Resistant- Straph-Aureus infections, which is becoming a significant cause of death in hospitalized patients receiving systemic antibiotic therapy.
The use of topical mupirocin has also been approved for pediatric patients and is well tolerated with low risk of any local irritation, systemic side effects or clinical deterioration. Foskina has been noted to be effective for the treatment of both primary and secondary superficial skin infections.
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