Does kissing it better work?

Saliva found to speed up the healing process

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Saliva 'may speed healing' but 'kissing it better' probably won't

"Kissing it better really works: Saliva found to have properties that help speed up the healing process," reports the Mail Online. Researchers in Chile investigated how human saliva may help wounds to heal more efficiently.

They used lab-grown skin cells and fertilised chicken eggs to see how a protein found in saliva, histatin-1, affects the way cells grow, spread and create new blood vessels. They found it encouraged cells to spread and move in a way that promoted the formation of blood vessels (a process called angiogenesis), which aids wound healing in skin.

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Treating Minor Childhood Injuries - Health Encyclopedia - University of Rochester Medical Center

Sports and other physical activities can help kids stay healthy and physically fit, but they can also occasionally result in injuries. Scrapes and sprains are a fact of life for most children, so it’s good to know what to do when they occur.

Scrapes and cuts

When a child gets a scrape or cut, the flow of blood can make even a minor cut look like an emergency. Minor injuries should stop bleeding after a few minutes. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following treatment plan:

  • Apply direct pressure for 5 to 10 minutes to stop any bleeding.

  • Wash the wound with plain water and look for any debris.

  • Put an antibiotic ointment on the wound. Cover the wound with an adhesive bandage or other dressing that is airtight and watertight.

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