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Am I supposed to use neosporin or not?

My daughter fell on Monday and got a gash on her forehead that required three sutures, those stitches came out this morning. We saw her normal pedi on Wednesday for her follow up from the ER, he told us that the stitches would come out on Saturday and made us an appointment. He said that when they come out, put neosporin on the wound three times a day to keep out potential infections as well as to help reduce scarring. Well, we saw his alternate pedi today because he wasn't in. She said to not use neosporin because it will keep it moist and possibly reopen the wound, stitches won't close it if that happens. I do not like this alternate pedi but I don't want to just ignore her advice because she IS a qualified pediatrician so what do I do? Do I use the neosporin or not?

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Asked by Chibi_Kitten at 2:09 PM on Feb. 13, 2010 in Health

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  • I agree w/ the first anon but I would use Polysporin,.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 2:38 PM on Feb. 13, 2010

  • I avoid all petroleum products. I would use beeswax or shea butter. Both have healing properties and can reduce scarring.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 5:08 PM on Feb. 13, 2010

  • I'd use a spray anibacterial like solarcaine

    Answer by TMJ121099 at 9:01 PM on Feb. 13, 2010

  • Yes, use the neosporin. Otherwise the scar will be visible.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:46 PM on Feb. 13, 2010

  • Wounds heal from the inside, up. Keeping a thin layer of neosporin, polysporin, bacitracin or even vit.e oil (from the caplets) can reduce the appearance of a scar. I treat a lot of wounds as an Athletic Trainer and have seen this work VERY well to reduce scarring. Every medical professional has their own opinion/preference. I'd use the neosporin on my own child if it were me. ;o)


    Answer by Morgain at 2:39 AM on Feb. 14, 2010

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