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how can someone most easily heal self harm cuts?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Simple healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.

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How do I cut my baby's nails?

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Nails: I like to use either a safety scissor or file. I have several parents a year who use the clipper and accidentally get the skin, which is a highly vascularized area which can bleed easily. The parent usually feels pretty awful, so i don't like the clipper.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Will the doctors let my partner cut the umbilical cord?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: The "final" part of the delivery is a very special event for both partners...In almost all cases of a routine delivery, every physician at my hospital allows -- even pushes for -- the partner to cut the umbilical cord. The only exception, unfortunately, is a c-section, which, of course, is a real surgery. Adding extra people (like partners) into the mix increases the risk of infection.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can keeping the grass round your house cut very short stop mosquitoes coming to your house?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No.: But getting rid of standing water can certainly limit their breeding sites.
A 35-year-old member asked:

If a cut is already infected, should I keep using neosporin?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It won't help: Neosporin may help preventing a small/superficial cut from infection, but once infected, epscially in deep wounds, it won't do much at all. The infected wound may need to be drained/cleansed and an oral antibiotic is likely needed. I would keep wound dry/clean and consult doc as soon as possible to minimize the wound from getting worse--infection may get to your blood stream(very bad). Good luck.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Do you have relearn speech after getting your lingual frenulum cut?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Should not: Though it may change speach patterns and they may need to learn how to use the muscles of the tongue more, it should not be a concern. Usually it will free up the tongue and allow them to make the proper pronunciations (s's/t's). You should work with them to help them make the proper sounds now that they can.

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