After all, those are the magic germ killers we’ve been told provide the best first aid after a cut or scrape.
But in truth, we really don’t like those things. (And we really hate alcohol)
Obviously they sting, but more importantly, they tend to be a little too harsh for most wounds — even to the point of damaging normal tissue, as well as possibly delaying healing.
We actually tend to opt for simple … and gentle.
Many wounds really don’t need to be nuked, they just need a good cleanse and rinse. And that’s where the baby shampoo comes in.
It’s a soap product, right? It doesn’t sting, right? And if it gentle enough for a baby, it’s gentle enough for you.
Go to the local ER with a cut, odds are that’s what will be used to clean a routine wound.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s what we stock our first aid kids and aid stations with.
So, let’s say you get a cut that needs a little clean-up. (And remember, we are not talking about a gnarly, dirt-filled, gaping cut that’s pouring blood).
First, direct pressure on a wound should stop or slow down the oozing.
Next step — some lukewarm or slightly cool water from the tap.
A little baby shampoo, or even some mild dishwashing liquid will help get the crud out.
Then apply the first aid ointment of your choice, along with a dressing. (We’ll talk about the need — or un-need for those at another time.)
Once again, if you’ve got a wound that is bleeding heavily, deep, jagged, disfiguring, etc. etc, come in and let us take a look. Always play it safe.
But if you’ve got simple, keep it simple. A gentle cleanse is often all you need.