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Why you should NEVER use rubbing alcohol to clean your child’s cuts and scrapes – and what to do instead

RUBBING rubbing alcohol is the right product for parents who want to clean their child’s cuts and scrapes, but it’s not something they should be using.

Obviously, there is an effective and actually better method for children.

Apparently, many parents are cleaning their children's cuts and scrapes the wrong way

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Apparently, many parents are cleaning their children’s cuts and scrapes the wrong way
Rubbing alcohol is a popular treatment, but it's not as healthy as many people think

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Rubbing alcohol is a popular treatment, but it’s not as healthy as many people thinkCredit: Getty

Experts at WebMD warned people that using rubbing alcohol to clean cuts and scrapes isn’t as safe as they thought.

In fact, rubbing alcohol is known to dry out the skin, which can prevent it from healing quickly.

The same problem occurs when using hydrogen peroxide.

Instead, WebMD recommends using warm water and mild soap.

“Wash the wound for at least five minutes to remove dirt, debris, and bacteria,” the website reads.

To help prevent infection, WebMD suggests applying an antibacterial ointment to the wound before dressing it up.

And when it’s time to remove the bandages, the experts at Verywell Family have some suggestions for makes the removal process tear-free for kids.

Surprisingly, one of the recommendations involved rubbing alcohol.

The page explains: “Putting alcohol on the bandage will slowly dissolve the adhesive.

“Rinse the area after removing the bandage so that the alcohol does not dry out the skin.”

In other parenting tips, tricks, and advice, another expert revealed Sometimes it’s best not to punish children yourself and allow the universe.

An example of this happened when they got cold after refusing to put on a coat.

Similarly, a mother reported that she did not apply blanket punishment to her child, but rather giving them consequences based on their actions for them to learn and grow from their mistakes.

Alcohol can be used for cleaning to remove Band-Aids, as long as you rinse with alcohol afterwards

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Alcohol can be used for cleaning to remove Band-Aids, as long as you rinse with alcohol afterwardsCredit: Getty

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