An abrasion occurs when an area of skin has been scraped off, usually during a fall, as in a skinned knee or rug burn. This type of injury is very, very common in children. These injuries are superficial in nature, not deep. Treatment consists of cleaning the wound with warm water and soap, then applying over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to the area, such as neosporin.

Keep the area clean by washing daily, and use a Band-Aid or dressing if your child is going out to play. Remember that abrasions hurt!  Please listen carefully to your child if s/he complains of pain, and offer an over-the-counter pain medication such as Advil(R) or Tylenol(R) to ease the ouch.