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my lo got a tiny cut on his index finger while he was playing yesterday. not deep, but just deep enough for there to bit the slightest bit of blood.
i rinsed it off, then grabbed a small strip-style bandaid, cut it in half, and wrapped it around his finger. the finger then immediately went into his mouth and he sucked on that bandaid. about twenty seconds after i covered the cut, he was almost done removing it.
so i took the bandaid off the rest of the way, and tossed it out. ...i dont want him to choke on the darn thing, and it's clearly not protecting his finger.
so now, it's about 24 hours later, and it's a little red and swollen. i've washed his hands a bunch of times throughout the day, but he eats with his hands, he crawls using his hands... you know how little ones are. i think he'd just suck off any bandaid i put on him, and he's too big for those mitten things they give you to keep newborns from scratching themselves.
point is, right now i don't think it's infected, just sore looking. but i don't want it to get infected, either. any suggestions as to how i can make sure to keep it clean?
I know when my son was about 4 months I accidently cut is skin when I was cutting his nails with the nail clipper and I cleaned it and placed a bandage on it and took it off after about 3 hours and just kept the area clean after that. I healed quickly that way.
When the area around a cut starts looking red and swollen, it does mean there is an infection. It doesn't mean it's a serious one, usually even a baby's body can take care of a small infection, but keep this in mind. One of the easiest and most thorough ways to clean a small cut is with hydrogen peroxide. Use it once (only once!) when the cut first happens, keep it covered - the liquid bandage another user mentioned is one of the best options for a small cut - and it will heal just fine.