Remember when our moms cured our scrapes and other boo boos by blowing on them and giving kisses? These days, we know it takes more than love to keep our kids safe. The risk of infection is too high to simply wipe away the tears and apply a bandage. Preventing infection is easy when you know the steps and have the right supplies on hand. For a list of steps, read our blog post Your Unexpected Super Power: Aerosol Wound Wash.
Applying antibiotic spray or ointment is a must-do for infection protection. Anytime you see broken skin, there is risk of infection. And infections can lead to further complications. Using a quality antibiotic ointment or spray along with an aerosol wound wash on the wound is the best defense for combating further infection.
Topical antibiotics accelerate healing and help prevent infections caused by bacteria that gets into minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. If wounds are left untreated, bacteria will multiply, causing pain, redness, swelling, itching, and oozing. Untreated infections can eventually spread and become much more serious.
Different kinds of topical antibiotics kill different kinds of bacteria. Many antibiotic first-aid products contain combinations of antibiotics to make them effective against a broad range of bacteria. Choosing the right antibiotic is essential. MacGill First Aid Kit experts carefully reviewed all the antibiotic options on the market and selected the Neosporin® brand for the MacGill First Aid Kit because it has been clinically proven to reduce infection.
- The Journal of Family Practice reports that in a study of Neosporin against a placebo ointment, streptococcal pyoderma infection occurred in more than 3 times as many of the children treated with the placebo ointment than those treated with Neosporin.
- In study published by the National Institute of Health and the Journal of Family Practice, Neosporin eliminated the infection after only 2 applications. Other products required more applications to cure the infection.
The particular form of Neosporin in the MacGill First Aid Kit, the Neosporin® Neo to Go!® No-Touch Spray, is not only convenient to use but also further helps prevent infection by avoiding touching the area.
While using antibiotic ointment or spray is a must-do for minor scrapes, cuts, and burns, there are times you need to let a doctor help instead.
- For children under 2 years of age, do no use Neosporin without a doctor’s advice. Safety and effectiveness of Neosporin for this age group not been confirmed.
- Certain injuries also require a doctors attention, including these, according to Mayo Clinic:
- large wounds or burns any larger than a few inches in diameter
- deep cuts or puncture wounds
- cuts that continue bleeding or may need stitches
- scrapes imbedded with particles that will not wash away
- animal bites
- eye injuries
- Injuries showing signs of infection also require more than simple antibiotic ointment or spray. Medline Plus recommends calling your doctor if you notice any of these signs of infection, including redness, swelling, hot-to-the-touch, pus, white or yellow drainage, sever tenderness, or fever.
Armed and ready, today’s mom can fight off infection complications from minor wounds with a safe, trusted and clinically-proven product: Neosporin® Neo to Go!® A few hugs and kisses and you’ll have a happy, infection-free, healing child.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only.
As with all medications, side effects are rare, but it’s always important to be aware of them. When used in small doses, no common side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur: severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); skin irritation, pain, burning, cracking, redness, or peeling not present before using Neosporin ointment; worsening or recurrence of wound symptoms.