How To: Fade a Child’s Scar

How To: Fade a Child’s Scar

Cuts and scrapes are an inevitable part of childhood, and many kids end up with stitches at one point or another. Even a simple accident can result in a burn, cut, or other type of wound that can lead to scarring. Some scars are small and/or easily concealable; others are highly visible and bothersome. Some are flat and light; some are dark and raised. In any case, if the scar is visible at all, you may be concerned about how to minimize its appearance so that your child has as faded and inconspicuous a scar as possible as he or she grows.

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The first step to take if your child has sustained an injury that warrants concern about scarring is to prevent infection. Infection causes an inflammatory response in the injured area which is likely to delay healing and worsen the final scar. Whether the wound requires medical attention or not, be sure to wash the area with soap and water and keep it covered as it heals to keep germs out and moisture in, or follow your doctor’s instructions for care.

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Proper healing starts from within, so give your child the best chance possible for scar fading with a healthy diet. Lots of foods containing vitamins A and C, such as many fruits and vegetables, and plenty of protein and zinc-containing foods will help with healing. In addition, drinking plenty of water helps overall health.

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Children generally have plenty of energy; take advantage of it by making sure your child has plenty of opportunities to run, play, and otherwise exercise. Exercise improves circulation, which means that the injury site will receive more oxygen-rich blood, maximizing healing.

Keep in mind that a child’s scar will keep changing and fading for longer than an adult’s will. You can help the process along – and improve the eventual final result – by using a product designed to heal and fade scars. Most parents strive to choose only safe and natural products for their little ones’ sensitive skin, so stay away from anything that contains hydroquinone or other questionable ingredients. Silicone is safe and effective, and it works extremely well especially when combined with other ingredients like licorice and aloe vera, that are completely natural and known to be safe and effective, even for children.

Sometimes an extensive scar, one that has an irregular shape, or one that is in a highly visible location, such as the face, may require that scar revision techniques be used. Keep in mind that scar revision cannot completely remove the scar – or in the case of surgical scar revision, it does remove the scar, but leaves another, less severe scar. Even after surgical scar revision, the new scar’s healing and fading can be optimized by practicing the same steps recommended for any other scar – keep it out of the sun, prevent infection, eat healthy foods, and use a safe, natural scar treatment gel or other product.

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