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Knowing the Best Bandages for your Child's Injuries

Published on Jun. 13, 2024

Children are full of energy and curiosity. They explore, play, and sometimes get little scrapes and bumps. When those injuries happen, treating them with the right bandage can make all the difference in a child's comfort and healing process. Understanding the different types of bandages can prepare you to dress your child’s wound properly. Use this bandage guide the next time your child needs one to know what is best!  

Adhesive Bandages 

Commonly known as the classic “Band-Aid,” adhesive bandages are strips with a sticky backing. Designed in many shapes and sizes, choosing the best adhesive bandage will depend on the wound.  

Tip: You can also choose a waterproof bandage, allowing your child’s wound to stay protected from infections while swimming or taking a bath. 

You may see these designed as: 

  • Circular – Best for small areas 

  • Strip – Best for medium areas  

  • Patch – Best for larger areas, such as the knee 

  • H-Shaped – Best for areas like the knuckle 

  • Hourglass – Best for areas such as the fingertip 

Used for: 

  • Protecting Blisters 

  • Cuts & Scrapes 

  • Burns 

  • Insect Bites 

Liquid Bandages 

Liquid Bandages are a clear, flexible sealant that forms a protective layer over wounds to allow them to heal without exposure to dirt or water. This can seal the cut and prevent infection. 

Used for: 

  • Small Cuts & Nicks 

  • Chapped or Cracked Skin 

  • Preventing Calluses 

Elastic Bandages 

Also known as “compression bandages,” elastic bandages are a stretchy, fabric material that provides a firm and customized compression support for the injury, reducing swelling and supporting joints during the healing process. 

Used for: 

  • Sprains and Strains 

  • Joint Immobilization 

  • Post-Op Care 

Gauze Bandages 

Gauze bandages are woven strips of absorbent material placed directly on the wound to absorb bodily fluids that may leak out. This type of bandage provides a gentle covering for touch sensitive injuries or can be used to hold better suited dressings in place. 

Used for: 

  • Cuts & Scrapes 

  • Wound Dressing 

  • Burns 

Remember: it is important to first clean your child’s wound with mild soap and water to ensure a sterilized healing environment to prevent infection before applying bandages. Applying an optional topical antibiotic can also help prevent infection. Visit your local pharmacy for bandages and ointment.  

You can also create or buy a first-aid kit with a variety of bandages to be prepared for any situation. Be sure to consult a healthcare professional for severe injuries. 

About the Author

Issac Diaz is an intern for the Valley Children's Marketing and Communications Department and is a Fresno State graduate. While working to obtain his bachelor's degree in business marketing, Issac focused on implementing his marketing skills for philanthropic causes. With a creative mind and strong ambition, he hopes to continue making a positive impact on patients and their families throughout his career.