Children are accident prone, often falling and bumping their knees, elbows, and head. Cuts and wounds that occur on the forehead during childhood can create a scarring that remains as a scar throughout a person’s life. Luckily, there are steps you can take to minimize your child’s forehead scar.
Step One: Properly Treat the Wound
The first step in treating forehead scars in children is to minimize the damage to the area. When your child hurts his or her head, be sure to treat the wound and reduce the risk of infection. Infection increases the risk of scarring because it leads to inflammation and delays healing. Thoroughly clean the wound with soapy water and apply an antibacterial ointment. If it is a significant wound, be sure to seek medical care and get stitches if needed. Once the wound is clean, be sure to cover it. This keeps bacteria and other harmful things out of the wound, while also keeping moisture in. Moisture is important for proper wound healing and reducing the amount of scarring.
Step Two: Promote Natural Healing
Scars are the result of the body healing damaged tissue. As the body continues to heal, normal skin cells can replace the damaged scar tissue to a certain extent. To do this, the natural healing response needs to be supported. The best way to do this with your children is to ensure they are healthy overall. They should eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential nutrients. Vitamin A, C, protein, and zinc are important components for healing and skin health. Exercise can also promote healing, so you should let your child run around and play, as long as there is no medical reason for avoiding exercise. Exercise improves circulation, which promotes the regrowth of skin cells. Also make sure your child gets plenty of sleep, as this also promotes natural healing.
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Step 3: Help Reduce the Appearance of Scars
There are plenty of scar reduction creams on the market, but be sure to check the ingredients before choosing one for your child. Avoid ingredients that can cause allergic reactions such as preservatives, fragrances, vitamin E, kojic acid or hydroquinone. Instead, find a scar cream with hypoallergenic ingredients. Vitamin C and licorice extract are two natural ingredients that promote natural skin healing without side effects. These should be combined with silicone gel which studies have shown to be the gold standard in scar therapy.
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