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Cuts and Scrapes on Face

My son fell and got a bad cut on his face, requiring stitches. Did this happen to your kids and how did you treat it?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: One Friday afternoon, we were getting ready to go to lunch, and my daughter tripped on the carpet, fell on the door hinge, and cut open her forehead. I called every single plastic surgeon I knew in New York City, and everyone was in the Hamptons for the weekend. The only doctors in the hospitals were the new interns and residents!

So I sewed up my daughter myself. Then I treated the wound very carefully to prevent scarring. I cleaned the wound every day with rubbing alcohol. Instead of using a topical antibiotic, I put Aquaphor on it every day to keep it moist. Unlike antibiotics, no one in the history of mankind has been allergic to Aquaphor.

I then covered the wound with DuoDERM Extra Thin, which you can buy online and in drugstores. You cut the bandage into the shape and size you need, and it speeds wound healing by 80 percent. My daughter’s cut healed perfectly, without a scar.

Debra Jaliman, MD, a mother of one 19-year-old daughter, a dermatologist in private practice, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, a media spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology, and author of the “Skin and Hair” chapter in the book Woman’s Health for Life

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