First Aid Tips

May 5, 2009

First Aid Tips, Woman Practicing CPRA friend gave our married daughter who has 2 small children this tip. Always have a red cloth hanky clean and ready in case of a bloody injury. When our grandson was hit on the forehead and started to bleed profusely, she got the red cloth hanky and held it on his injury.


After taking him inside the house to clean the wound and check to see if it warranted a doctor call and/or visit (which did require 4 stitches), she proceeded to use the same red cloth to clean his injured area. She turned him away from any mirrors, so he couldn't see the injury, ran warm faucet water on the cloth so she could check on the blood flow. Then she got him relaxed with his favorite beverage while she called in. Because of the red cloth hanky, he didn't realize he was bleeding and never got scared, because he never saw blood.

Later as they drove to the doctor, he held his own red cloth on the injury. Everyone at the doctor's marveled at how brave he was so he naturally didn't seem to mind the stitches too much. Amazing how not seeing blood (as you might on a white cloth), helped calm him as well as his young mom.

By Mary Feldhahn from Twin Cities, MN

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May 31, 2012

Keep all your first aid stuff in a small fruit basket with a handle. Put your peroxide, bandages and gauze pads, etc. Then it will be easy to carry with you on picnics or to the park.

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July 1, 2012

Anyone who has children knows some kids scream louder after being hurt, especially when they see the blood! I know I have a couple who are that way.


So I now use a red cloth when they get cut so they can't see the blood.

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January 13, 2012

I often have a wound that is larger than the pad of the standard bandage. To make the pad cover the wound, I simply cut off one bandages adhesive part, then lay it down on another bandage with the pads touching.

Two band-aid bandages, one with one of the adhesive ends cut off and set on top of the other so that the absobant pad length is doubled for larger wounds

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April 5, 2007

Do you know you can get first aid tips through the internet? I swallowed something and then consulted the net and found out that the item was small enough so the doctors couldn't do anything but wait until it passed through me.

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November 21, 2010

If you have a small cut that won't stop bleeding, like a cut received while shaving, use tobacco instead of toilet paper. It congeals and stops the bleeding. One side effect is a tobacco hit, but it really works.

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November 9, 2004

Wash cut carefully and apply chopped or mashed raw garlic. Cover with a slather of honey and bandage. Continue until wound is healed.

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February 16, 2015

If you don't have a plaster (bandage), sellotape, wound round the affected finger several times so that it sticks to itself, will work just as well at containing and then stopping the bleeding. You do need to be a bit careful not to wind it round too tightly, though.

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January 26, 2009

Does anyone know what cures a cut on your finger? Thanks.



By guest (Guest Post)
January 26, 20090 found this helpful

Honey & a bandaid...

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January 26, 20090 found this helpful

When my boys were getting them often I used Neosporin by the gallon...almost.

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January 26, 20090 found this helpful

I use lemon juice, and I just heard about the miraculous cures of honey. Lemon juice on a bruise gets rid of the bruise, or tomato juice. Just put it on the cut or the bruise.

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By Racer (Guest Post)
January 26, 20090 found this helpful

Peroxide, soaking in betadine solution for 3 minutes and then neosporin or triple antibiotic, then cover until healed changing dressing often.

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January 27, 20090 found this helpful

hello every one, thanks for all the info on cuts on fingers, im sure gonna try these, a cut really does hurt.
thanks, Donita.

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By carol (Guest Post)
January 27, 20090 found this helpful

Always keep the cut clean by washing it daily and putting sugar on it, then wrap it up with a band aid. This will do the trick!

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By rabbit10mom (Guest Post)
January 27, 20090 found this helpful

My favorite trick is using Desitin, a baby ointment for diaper rash containing zinc. Wash your cut thoroughly, dry, put a large amount of Desitin on it, and bandage. By morning, the cut should have started to mend and the soreness will be gone.


Finger cuts are extremely painful for me since I play piano as well as quilting and sewing.

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By dolly. (Guest Post)
January 27, 20090 found this helpful

Unpasteurized honey is supposed to be the better choice. Heard about this from a veterinarian.

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By Jazzylazzy (Guest Post)
January 27, 20090 found this helpful

How deep is the cut? If you do not need stitches you can do the following. Keep it clean and dry. Use neosporin and a band-aid during the day. At night, remove the band-aid and let it get fresh air. Re-apply neosporin and band-aid in the morning. Repeat this process until it is healed.

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By mary (Guest Post)
January 28, 20090 found this helpful

Nobody has so far suggested aloe! aloe vera does wonders. I just had a cut in a crease and did not have a treatment; it took forever.


In these days of superbugs, it is important to cover up a cut.

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June 7, 2022

Many injuries can result in broken bones, especially if paired with swelling and sharp pain and it can be difficult to diagnose at home. It is important to avoid re-injuring the spot as this can change a hairline fracture into a full fledged break. It is best to go to a healthcare professional as soon as possible to have x-rays done and any breaks set correctly.

A woman holding her hand in pain.

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July 13, 2021

Staying with my aunt recently, I had a rash on my foot which was sore and weeping, but could find no antiseptic in her cupboard. I nipped off the top of a garlic oil capsule with my fingernails, and squirted it on the affected area, then went to bed.


Next day, the sore place was clean, dry and starting to scab over.

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