Health: First-Aid Myths

Quick! You've just cut your finger. Are you sure you know what to do?

Summertime is prime time for cuts and scrapes and other perils of outdoor activity. So although summer is already half over, it's never too late to dispel the most common myths and misconceptions associated with basic first aid. Some of the following tips, provided by the American Red Cross, may offer surprises to even the most well-informed parent or camp counselor.

--CUTS AND SCRAPES Don't apply an antiseptic like hydrogen peroxide to minor cuts and scrapes; that can actually delay healing. Hydrogen peroxide kills pretty much everything in its path, including any immune cells that your body has rushed to the...

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