My daughter scratched herself twice on the cheek when she was two weeks old. Both cuts drew blood and I applied Neosporin a few times initially. Although fainter, I can still see the scars and she is now 3.5 months old. Will these scars be permanent? If not, how long might they take to fully disappear? Is there anything I can apply that's safe at her age to help with healing process? Thank you in advance for your response.....I really want these scars to go away!!
Will Infant Scratches Leave Permanent Scars?
Doctor Answers 1
In general, I would say not to worry. Infants typically make very red and inflamed appearing scars at the beginning. They take a long time to fade out. There is not really anything I would suggest to make them fade faster. If they are thick or raised (hypertrophic), then there are topical preparations that include silicone as a base which can help flatten the scars. But, I doubt that that is what you are dealing with. So, rest assured, things will get better. It may take 6-12 months for the scars to fade entirely. Until then, protect her skin from the sun. Too much sun on the new scars can pigment them. If they are a little thick, scar massage can help soften them. This is all the advice I generally give my mommies in clinic. Take a deep breath! She will be just fine. Take care!
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