Managing baby and children’s scars
How is a scar formed?
The healing process can take anywhere from a few days to a few months, depending on the severity of the injury and the care provided. Don’t worry though, whether a chickenpox mark or an injury, children heal remarkably well thanks to their amazing cell renewal process.
If it’s a minor injury, the epidermis (the skin’s top layer) will be affected. A new layer of skin will form to recover the damaged skin and after a few weeks, it will look exactly the same again.
If it’s a deeper wound, then it reaches the skin’s dermis (mid-layer) and can leave a definitive mark behind because the dermis has no elasticity. In this case, you will need to go and see a doctor.
Healing takes place in different steps:
The scar is initially pink or red
It then becomes white or disappears entirely
A very recent mark can also turn brown if exposed to the sun
Golden rules for treating and reducing scars
There are some simple things you can do to help minimise your child’s scar’s appearance:
- Clean and disinfect the wound before the scar forms, to prevent bacteria and microbes from entering the skin. If the wound is on baby’s hands (used to manipulate just about everything) make sure you renew this operation very frequently.
- Cover or wrap the wound with a cute bandage to protect it
- Make sure you keep the scar clean
- Apply a recovery cream when the skin is no longer raw and the wound is closed
- Massage gently in circles to soften the area
- Avoid any tight clothes that would rub against the scar
- Cut baby’s nails to make sure he/she doesn’t damage the forming crust
- Protect the scar from the sun
- If it’s still pink or red, cover it entirely with a bandage
- If it’s white (older) apply an SFP 50+ sunscreen