tips for transitioning into child care

Running A Daycare Means Dealing With Boo-Boos: 3 Ways To Treat The Ouches

Now that you run a daycare center, you're probably going to experience a lot of boo-boos throughout the day. Even tiny cuts and scrapes can be traumatic for little ones. For times like that, you need a few tricks to make the moment less frightening. Here are a few simple ways to take care of little injuries.

Cuts and Scrapes

When it comes time to clean up cuts and scrapes, you want to keep kids from being frightened. Here are a couple of ways to take the fear out of minor injuries.

Hide the Blood

If there's blood that needs to be wiped away, try to avoid using a white cloth. The blood will show up on the cloth, which may upset your little one. Try using a dark colored cloth instead.

Don't Show the Ointment

As soon as kids see a finger full of ointment approaching their cut or scrape, they start crying. Instead of trying to rub the ointment directly on the injury, try placing it on the bandage before. Kids love bandages so they probably won't notice that you put medicine on it.


Splinters can be difficult to find on wiggly fingers. Don't start digging around with a pair of tweezers until you know where the splinter is. Keep a bottle of iodine on hand for those hard-to-find splinters. Place a small amount of iodine on the finger. The spot where the splinter is will be darker than the rest. You'll know right where to work to remove that painful splinter.

Bumps and Bruises

Kids are going to get active, which is bound to result in some bumps and bruises. Keep some homemade ice packs on hand to take care of those boo-boos.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Water

  • Plastic bowl

  • Gallon and quart-sized resealable plastic freezer bags


  1. Combine 3 cups of rubbing alcohol and 6 cups of water in a plastic bowl.

  2. Pour the solution into gallon and quart-sized sealable plastic bags.

  3. Place the bags in the freezer until frozen.

  4. Use as often as needed.

  5. Place back in freezer when done.

Trying to keep kids safe is a full-time job. Even with the best supervision, kids are going to get hurt. When you're planning for your on-site first aid procedures, remember these simple tricks. You can use them to take care of the minor injuries your kids are bound to get. For more childcare tips and tricks, contact a company like Mendon Child Care Ctr.