Bruises, Bumps and Brulidine

Minor childhood injuries can be distressing, but with a bit of knowledge you can deal with many of them. We asked the experts about Brulidine Cream

What are the most common types of childhood injuries?

Children are often active and curious as they develop, which can lead to accidents happening. Often these injuries are minor and can be treated at home with a well-stocked First Aid kit, but if you are ever in doubt it is best to seek professional medical care. Below is a selection of common childhood injuries.

a) Bruises, scrapes, and cuts
b) Splinters
c) Burns
d) Bites & Stings
e) Choking
f) Broken or chipped teeth
g) Pulled Elbow – common in babies and toddlers as their muscles and bones are still developing.
h) Heel / Foot Injuries – often associated with sport

What is the recommended First Aid treatments for cuts, scrapes and bruises?

Minor bruises and cuts are normal and can be easily treated at home. For cuts and scrapes rinse the area under cold water followed with a mild antiseptic. Post cleaning you can apply antibacterial ointment and cover it with a bandage. Being both antiseptic and antibacterial, Brulidine Cream is a great option for the treatment of cuts and scrapes as it provides both antiseptic and antibacterial treatment. For swollen wounds, place an ice pack in a wet cloth to reduce swelling.

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What’s the difference between an antiseptic and an antibacterial?

Antiseptics are antimicrobial substances that are applied to living tissue/skin to reduce the possibility of infection, sepsis, or putrefaction. They inhibit the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Antibacterials, are a type of antimicrobial drug used in the treatment and prevention of bacterial infections. They may either kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. Brulidine cream is both antiseptic and antibacterial.

What’s the active ingredient in Brulidine Cream and how does it work?

Dibrompropamidine isetionate is an antibacterial and antiseptic agent active against pathogenic Streptococci and Staphylococci, including penicillin resistant strains, and has some activity against a number of Gram-negative bacilli. Its antibacterial action is not inhibited by pus, blood or p-aminobenzoic acid. In addition, it has useful activity against certain species of pathogenic fungi. Brulidine Cream is well tolerated and rarely gives rise to sensitisation reactions or contact dermatitis.

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How do I use Brulidine Cream?

Wash your hands each time before you use the cream. Apply a pea size amount of the cream to the area to be treated, either straight onto the skin, or on a light dressing. Wash your hands again when you are finished, unless you are treating the hands. Most patients use the cream two or three times a day. For more information on how to use Brulidine Cream, please refer to the enclosed product leaflet.

What common uses does Brulidine Cream have apart from treating cuts and scrapes and Nappy Rash?

Brulidine Cream is a very versatile product. In addition to treating cuts, scrapes and nappy rash, Brulidine Cream can also help treat the below conditions:
(a) First aid dressing for minor burns, scalds, abrasions and other open injuries and their routine treatment,
(b) For the treatment of surface infections due to susceptible organisms, particularly in cases with penicillin resistant Staphylococci or certain Gramnegative bacilli.
(c) Treatment of ringworm of the scalp (Microsporum canis) and other superficial fungal infections.
(d) Treatment of pyodermias, including sycosis barbae (barber’s rash)
(e) Treatment of otitis externa.

Is Brulidine Cream suitable for everybody to use? Who should not use it?

Brulidine Cream should not be used if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to dibrompropamidine or any of the other ingredients of Brulidine Cream. (always read the enclosed leaflet prior to taking medicines) Do not use the cream for more than a few days at a time, as long term use can interfere with healing.. There are no known interactions with other medications. If you are pregnant and/or breast feeding, or think you may be pregnant please ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medication. There are no known effects of this medicine on your ability to drive or use machinery.

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Does Brulidine Cream have any possible side effects?

Like all medicines, Brulidine Cream can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. If you experience any of the following side effects stop using the cream and contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately: rash, itching or redness at or around the area being treated rash, itching or redness on your fingers and hands after using the cream. Please read the enclosed product leaflet before use for full list of possible side effects.

How do you store Brulidine Cream and how long does it last?

Keep out of sight and reach of children. Do not store above 25ºC. Keep it in the original tube with the top screwed on. Brulidine Cream has a shelf life of 3 years. The expiry date is printed on the tube.

Where can I find out more about Brulidine Cream?
Please visit our website to find out more: www.manxhealthcare.com/brulidine

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