Handling Of Swollen Hands After A Knife?
Hello. I want to ask. 2 weeks ago my son’s hand was injured, I don’t know what he got, but it looks like he got a knife … his age is 1.4 years … And I’ve given him betadine … Well now I see The wound was swollen and red, and my child was in pain when his pinky finger was touched. What should I do, what medicine should I give?
Hello. Thank you for the question submitted to HealthReplies.com. We can understand the concern you feel.
Symptoms in the form of swelling, pain, and redness of the wounds on a child's hand is a sign of an inflammatory process. Because the symptoms of inflammation occur up to 2 weeks after the injury, do not rule out the possibility that the post-injury recovery process is hampered, for example due to secondary infection of the wound.
We recommend that you immediately take your child to the doctor or pediatrician so that his condition can be evaluated and given appropriate treatment. The doctor needs to take a systematic history, a comprehensive physical examination, and possibly a supporting examination according to indications that might be found, such as X-rays. The treatment given will be adjusted to the diagnosis made.
Make sure that the wound area is always clean and dry enough. While still preparing your child for a doctor, it is recommended that you apply the following RICE steps to your injured child's hand:
Rest (rest the hand of the injured child, ie avoid moving a lot of the injured hand)
Ice (cold compresses for injured hands for 15-20 minutes, every 2-3 hours)
Compression (dressing the injured joint with an elastic bandage, but make sure you have consulted your doctor first about how to use it so as not to aggravate the injury)
Elevation (position the injured child is higher when lying down to reduce swelling, ie by supporting it with a pillow)
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