like the scab underneath is growing on the plaster patch. It's one of those Melolin big dressings as DS grazed his knee yesterday quite badly. Rightly or wrongly I put one of these dressings on, and totally forgot to change it this morning.
Of course he has been wearing it all day, and now the darn thing is stuck fast. Ive soaked him in the bath for half and hour and now covered whats left of the dressing with antiseptic cream. I can see the wound has tried to heal but attached itself to the dressing.
Any ideas how I can remove the rest of it, without peeling his skin off and making the poor lad scream the planet down ??
he's not long come out, just over half an hour soaking. the underneath is starting to go soggy and white, but the middle is quite hard still and scabby. <<shivers at thought and realises her vocation to avoid nursing was right after all...>>
Hmm. No idea. Is it possible to peel off the top layers of the dressing at all? So only a very thin layer is left,. Then if it forms part of the scab, once the scab falls off so will the fabric iyswim.
I wouldn't try and remove the bit that is stuck at all.
Helena... I've been slowly removing as much or the plaster - layer wise as poss, and pretty much thought the same, that the scab would absorb the plaster. But Im not certain that it would. I just don't know what to do now.
As I said, Ive smothered it in cream now and poor lad is sitting cuddling dh... he should be in bed!
Blimey.. I have no hope for my big sterry strips then
I had keyhole surgery last week on my knee. I have not be able to get the wounds wet and the sterry strips are stuck fast with loads and loads of dried blood underneath. Makes me feel sick even thinking about trying to get them off. Yikes! Ouch! Ouch!
Scabs are not what you want so if the scab comes off it's not a big problem - scabs delay healing if they are large, so if he has a pretty big wound ask a chemist or practice nurse for a better dressing.
For now try soaking with a wet flannel, or if you can squeeze Vaseline underneath that might help to lift it.
Avoid Melolin, it's crap. (but you know that now )
i thought scabs served a purpose? i fell over 2 weeks ago (im 37!!) and grazed both knees badly and broke toe....hospital put iodine soaked none sticky things on my knees and then a gauze thing over that...they said to remove them next day to allow air to get to the wounds, which then scabbed over. i thought scabs allowed the skin to heal underneath?
your poor little mite has my sympathies...it bloody hurts!
i had a problem with dressing adhesive after my cs and a wise MN mentioned Zoff wipes - they kind of soak through the dressing/plaster and lift the adhesive. They were fab, and removed everything after olive oil and some adhesive remover in maternity failed to get it off. I got them from Boots pharmacy.
Try not to pick the scab off as it will not help.. If the graze did go quite deep then if there is any possibility of slight scarring then removing the swab can make it worse as often extra healthy tissue is further torn.