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My daughter fell and scraped her nose on some really rough
concrete. I am worried about any long term scarring that might
occur. The wound has already scabbed over-should one prevent
scabbing-and is healing well without pain. I have taken her to
a pediatrician at Kaiser who informed me it is superficial and
we just have to wait for the healing.
I would like to get a specialist even for this minor injury
but am not getting any acknowledgment for my concerns from the
Kaiser doctor. Can anyone recommend a dermatologist, cosmetic
surgeon (over kill?).
I just want to do all I can now to prevent any future
My active kids have had all kinds of cuts and scrapes on
their faces, some of which looked quite serious at the time
and one or two of which maybe even should have had
stitches, and have come through all of them without any
scars. I appreciate your concern for your daughter, and
obviously I haven't seen her scrapes so I'm only guessing,
but I'll bet she'll heal up fine without any intervention,
especially if that's what the pediatrician is saying. Kids
are like starfish. :) Keeping the scrapes clean and maybe
applying some Neosporin or other first aid/anti-scar lotion
as they heal can help, if you're worried.
Mom of Daredevils
Scabs are needed and important--do not disturb. Her face will probably be
absolutely fine. However, it takes time to heal and it is best if you let it heal.
No cosmetic surgeon is going to do anything until there has been a long
healing period to see what nature can do on its own. If there really is a
problem, later on Kaiser should provide cosmetic surgery.
My young daughter seriously injured her face when she was a toddler. It was
no ''scrape''. Kaiser stitched it up and told us that if needed, she could have
surgery later. Now you can hardly tell and she is definitely not interested in
surgery of any kind. I recently seriously injured my face by falling on glass.
Kaiser stitched it up and said I could have surgery later if needed. Not needed,
though months later I am still healing from these deep cuts. It is amazing
how you can heal.
Kids fall down a lot. I used to compare my battle scars with my friends with
some pride. In my opinion, you should reflect a bit on why you think a minor
scar would be such a problem anyway. I hope you do not transfer this anxiety
to your daughter. Focus on her character more and her face less--it will be
better for both of you in the long run. That said, as a mom I can certainly
appreciate how you can get all freaked out about some things, so please don't
think I am not sympathetic.
My son had a bad cut on his cheek (he's very fair and the
scar was bright) and I got Maderma for Kids. It really
worked! You just have to be digilant about it and it does
take a couple of months, but it's well worth the price and
Vitamin E oil is the answer. Get a good one at Berkeley
Bowl or Llasa Kharnak in Berkeley. Always helped us for
I think you're over-reacting. Kids get scraped and bruised a
lot when they are young, without lasting scars. They have
young skin that heals well. Your doctor checked it and said
it's fine. The best thing is just to leave it alone and let
it heal. The one thing to avoid would be drawing your
daughter's attention to it so that she picks at it. Repeated
removal of scabs can cause scarring.
Our 20-month old daughter had to get two very small stiches on the
top of the bridge of her nose a few weeks ago after enduring a
nasty bonk onto a windowsill. The stiches dissolved, and the wound
looks almost healed now, but she's developed what seems to be a
keloid underneath the wound. You can't see it, but when you feel
the area it is hard and weird. We're putting calendula cream,
vitamin E oil and aloe vera on it a few times a day, but is there
anything out there that can heal this keloid-type scar tissue?
Thanks for your help!
I have several burn scars, which *would* have been keloid (as
third degree burns form keloid scars) had I not worn pressure
garments. The constant pressure prevents the keloid scars from
growing upwards and forces them flat. I don't know what you could
use to apply pressure to a scar on the nose, though. But, scars
fade with age. A lot. Good Luck.
Vitamin A (retinol) is really a fine vitamin for skin. It is available in a dropper as mycelized A.
One drop on her nose should be
enough each day to help. You might also ensure she has plenty of eggs and butter to get dietary
vitamin A (not pro-vitamin A
from plants, which is not converted to retinol easily in children, diabetics and those with low
thyroid). EFAs as cod liver oil (1/
4 tsp/day for her age) has also been recommended for skin health, including psoriasis and eczema.
Jin ShinJyutsu, a type of body work, can be especially helpful. I recommend Barbara Baiardi
(235-0616) and Leah Statman
(525-5080) who work a lot with kids and their health issues. Any injury to the center part of the
body such as the bridge of
the nose has some significance in Jin Shin, by the way.
I hope this helps!
My daughter is 16 months old. Last week she took a very bad fall.
She is fine, but she scraped her face badly. We carefully washed the
area regularly, and put on antibiotic ointment. The area seems to
be healing normally. But the scabs have now fallen off, and the skin
underneath still looks pink, shiny, and not like the rest of her skin.
I am very worried that she will scar. My husband says that children
that age don't scar. A friend says her now 4-year-old still has a
scar from this sort of thing that happened three years ago. While
I am extremely grateful that she is fine, I feel terribly responsible
for the fact that she may now have scars on her face forever.
Did your children scar at this age?
Yes, they can scar. If you are concerned about the appearance, try
applying vitamin E oil to the scar area. My friend's daughter had
surgery as an infant, and her scar has been greatly helped by the
daily application of vitamin E oil.
My daughter had a very bad fall off the monkey bars six months which
left a giant bruise and scrape on her chin. Now there's only a small
mark that I don't think anyone would notice if they weren't looking
for it. That said, I think it's a good idea to call the pediatrician
for more information; and if a fall is bad enough for you to feel
worried, it's worth going in for an appointment, just to get it
My daughter took a perfect crescent-shaped fingernail gouge to her
right cheekbone in daycare at about 12 months. 11 years later she has
a perfect crescent shaped scar on her right cheekbone -- bigger, but
faded and mostly noticeable to her mother -- who still feels guilty
(if not personally responsible). You should ask your doctor about a
facial scrape, because you don't want to find out later that you could
have done something, and didn't.
Children do scar. I have a small scar that I got when I was just a few
months old from gashing my chin on a corner table. My kids both have
minor scars here and there and both have chicken pox scars. I've been
told that rubbing vitamin E on healing wounds, cuts, scrapes etc. help
the healing and scarring process. It's certainly worth a try (if she
doesn't rub it off). You can also lightly massage around the area to
bring more circulation to it, which would also minimize scarring.
I don't know about 16 mo old, but my sister fell off her bike and
literally plowed the street (still full of sand from winter) with her
face when she was 8 or 10. It was a horrendous sight, but it healed
fine and she has no residual scars. The only thing we did was to
squeeze vitamin E (out of the gel capsules) on it regularly, as that
is supposed to promote healing.
When he was 2 1/2, my son fell down our front steps and scraped the
top of his nose terribly. The scab healed within a few weeks, but he
also had red, shiny skin there for several months. It took a long
time, but the area did eventually heal completely. Now, at 5 1/2,
there's no sign whatsoever of the accident. This was a few years ago,
but I seem to recall that his pediatrician recommended that we rub
vitamin E into the area as it healed. You should check with your
daughter's pediatrician about the best way to minimize scarring. Best
My daughter was 13 months old and fell on concrete and scraped her
left eye area pretty badly. All I did was keep it clean but like your
daughter, after the scab fell off, the skin underneath was pink; but
one month later you couldn't tell she had fallen. I'm sure your
daughter's skin will return to its normal texture/color in no time.
I wouldn't worry too much. My 2 year old son has had numerous scrapes
on his face and knees. After the scab falls off they do stay red and
shiny for quite a long time, but eventually they have all faded away
completely (sometimes the redness lasts for 2-3 months) You did the
right thing and if you didn't need stitches I wouldn't give it another
thought. The doctor has told me that if the wound is big or if you've
had stitches - it's important to keep it out of the sun until it is
completely healed. That may mean applying total sun block to the red
skin area for awhile.
My son got scratched on his face when he was 2 and still has a faint
scar (at almost 5). I felt terrible, because it was very noticeable
for over a year. It didn't occur to me that he might scar, since the
scratch wasn't deep, but then he picked the scab off! Afterwards, I
found out some things that would have helped. Vitamin E oil helps heal
scars (I think you're supposed to put it on after the scab comes off,
for about 3 months?), also it is very important to put sunblock on the
area around the scar until it heals completely, to minimize
discoloration. Good luck. I think the tendency to scar is hereditary,
so your child may be luckier than mine!
As a 2 and a half year old, I fell off of my tricycle when my older
sister jumped off of the back. I slid on my face while going down
hill. I still vividly remember this and I had serious abrasions on my
face. My mother was also worried that I would scar. She was advised
to put Coco Butter on my the abrasions. She did and I developed no
scar. I don't know if I just wasn't going to scar as a two and a half
year old or if the Cocoa Butter helped, but it can't hurt. Good luck.
One more note on kids and scars. My son had a serious facial injury when he was little which he has almost no scar from. The plastic surgeon
recommended putting sun block on the area everyday for a year because the
scar tissue pigments differently. Sometimes it's the pigmentation that is
more visable than the scar.
Yes, children that age do scar as I still have a very noticeable scar on
my face from an accident when I was about 2 years old (and I'm over
40). My mother at the time put vitamin E oil (from a vitamin E capsule)
on the scar daily and says that this much reduced the thickness,
hardness, and bright red/ purple color of the scar. She put the vitamin
E oil on for a couple of years. It is known to reduce scar tissue. Good
The answer is yes, if you let them go out in the sun. I also didn't
realise this and my daughter has a scar patch on her nose because we
were having a beach holiday at the time she scraped it (in the most
minor way). Other cuts and scrapes that were not exposed to the sun
haven't scarred the same way. The mark is still not that bad - now
she's twelve it's barely visible. During winter you shouldn't have so
much trouble with sunlight - just make sure she wears sun protection
for at least a couple of weeks by which time the new skin will be
better able to protect itself.
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