Whether you're dealing with a scraped knee, a full-blown emergency, or simply teaching your kids about First Aid, every parent should know how to make their own homemade bandages. Considering that a quarter of all Americans and two-thirds of all older Americans have multiple chronic conditions, treatment can be quite expensive. Cut down on costs a little bit by creating your own bandages with a handful of sterile rolled cotton.
Of course, if you're dealing with a real emergency, get off the Internet and call 911 immediately! Otherwise, read on to discover the best ways to make homemade bandages, including using some common household materials!
A dressing VS. a bandage
Medically speaking, a dressing is a protective cover placed on the wound that helps to control bleeding and keep germs and bacteria away from the wound. A bandage, on the other hand, is used to keep the dressing secure and in place.
Different bandages you can create:
Also known as rolled bandages, these are one of the most common type of bandages available. They need to be sterilized because they often come in contact with the wound, so it is important to use a sterilized cotton roll. You can use any material, from cheese cloths to cotton sheets, cut into two to three inch wide strips.
Known on the market as ACE bandages, these elastic bandages are quite expensive. Lucky for you, old stretch jeans make a great alternative. All you need to do is sterilize the jeans with hot water and bleach, then cut into strips, and sew them together so they are thick enough for compression.
These bandages are primarily used on hard to wrap areas, such as the elbow or knee. Using pantyhose can be helpful in creating tubular stretch bandage, and you can layer as many pairs as you want to get the desired thickness and feel.
The triangle bandage
This versatile bandage can be used for almost any wound. All you need is some clean cotton, such as medical cotton rolls, and the rest is easy. Make sure the cotton is nice and thick, and cut it into a 55-inch by 40-inch square -- this way it can be big enough for whatever injury you come across and can be folded or rolled down for easy transport.
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