No More Wound Myths

I’m excited to partner with Band-Aid and Neosporin on this post.

I remember when I was a kid I used to get hurt — a lot. Everything from broken bones and torn ligaments to minor scrapes and bruises. When it comes to the major injuries, the treatment is set by a doctor. In my case it usually meant undergoing surgery, getting casted, and resting for a few weeks.

For some reason, the treatment for minor scrapes and bruises was a lot more complicated. Everyone has an idea about what’s best, and some of these myths just need to be busted once and for all.

Did you know that only 15% of people believe that when they place a protective covering on their wound that it heals faster? The overwhelming majority of peoplebelieve the old myths of letting a wound “breathe” by exposing it for a period of time, but that actually isn’t the best way to heal.

Keeping wounds covered helps them to lock in the moisture needed to help them heal faster.

For example, last week my daughter slipped and hit her head on the floor. Don’t worry — she wasn’t seriously injured, but she did have a small gash on her head, so I applied some Neosporin and covered it up with an adorable Finding Dory Band-Aid.

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Let’s be real — kids love wearing Band-Aid bandages because they work and look cool, so I didn’t have to worry about her trying to peel it off after a few minutes. She rocked it as if it was a badge of honor.

And after a short period of time, her unsightly wound was almost completely healed. If I followed the old myth of “airing it out,” the healing process would’ve taken much longer.

Besides, do you know what else happens when you expose a wound to air? It dries up and scabs appear. People think that scabs are good when in reality they’re not as they create a barrier from healthy skin cells. Not to mention, do you know what happens when kids get scabs? They pick at them constantly and when the scabs are torn, they can leave scars and hinder the healing process.

So it’s time to ditch the “let it breathe” commentary when we get cuts and bruises. Today, I don’t mess around — the moment I get cut, I’m covering it with a Neosporin and a Band-Aid in order for it to heal faster. I’ve also taught my daughters to do the same.

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Because we all know that a healthy daddy is a happy daddy.

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Comments

  1. Chris says

    Saw you on CNN a few minutes ago and agreed with your thoughts about the upcoming debate, so I bumped about the site for a few minutes before going back to doing some work. I’m with you 100% about the Neosporin and Band-Aids, and at my age, I still rock the kiddie ones 😉 Your post confirms why I have scars and my children do not. Thanks and keep going with the site – it’s great!

    PS – Readers, stick with the brand name Neosporin and Band-Aids – they are so much better than the store brands and generics – they don’t work nearly as well,

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