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My 5 y.o. is, um, not the most graceful and has taken 2 good falls at school this year. Both caused lacerations to her forehead which required stitching. The first one is small and barely noticeable since it looks like an extension to her right eyebrow. The other scar is fresher and much larger (about an inch long) and runs above her left eyebrow. Fortunately, she has bangs which have kept it hidden while it heals. She may choose not to have bangs forever so I wondered if anyone had any success using Vitamin E on a scar to reduce it.
 

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Actually my dd had a pretty good scar from a chicken pox right between her eyes (due to scratching) at the same age which was there for about 5 yrs.<br><br>
Now she is an adult and it is no longer visible at all.<br><br>
I do believe a child that has a scar that is not all that huge, will fade over years and be barely noticeable in maturity.<br><br>
But you certainly can use vita E oil. I've heard that it helps. Can't hurt, right?
 

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Tamanu oil is wonderful on scars! Ds had 23+ stitches in his armpit in Jan. '06. His scar was, at the time, red, irritated-looking and knobby. We started the tamanu oil right away and used shea butter, too.<br><br>
Today, his scar is barely visible. A thin white line and no bumpiness to it at all!<br><br>
I've used Vit C serum on my own and dh's scars in the past and found it to be very good, as well.<br><br>
Honestly, I think <span style="text-decoration:underline;">any</span> food oil works quite well along with gentle massage on scar tissue.
 

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How soon after the stitches can you start the massage? DD is not very cooperative about these sort of things so I'm not sure she'd even let me touch it.
 

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I begin massage (with oil) as soon as the wound "crusts" over, even with the sutures still in. It allows the skin to stay soft and supple and makes suture removal easier. Of course, I always clean the wound daily, too!<br><br>
Anyway, for post suture care, start as soon as it is comfortable. Your daughter can do it herself. In fact, this might be the way to go. She knows how hard or soft to go on the area. She just needs a little oil (food-type is best with little ones if they tend to put the fingers in their mouths) and she can gently rub the area. She'll know what feels best.<br><br>
<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Very gentle</span> stretching of the wound can help break up the subdermal adhesions that come with scar tissue. It's pretty difficult to rub too hard or wrong as it would HURT and few people like to inflict pain on themselves!!!<br><br>
The oil+massage is very soothing and will also help if there is any itching along with the wound/scar.<br><br>
I have had LOTS of stitches (what can I say, I'm a klutz!) and honestly, I have few visible scars. Even my hysterectomy scar is literally invisible 3 years later.<br><br>
Personally, I don't care as much for straight Vit E oil alone. It is thick and doesn't give enough "slip". Of course, you can add it to a mixture of other oils to gain its benefits. Tamanu oil is wonderful (I order mine from Bramble Berry). The tamanu oil smells a bit like butter pecan!! I mix it with a sweet almond oil and shea butter. Chamomile EO added helps, too.<br><br>
Hope this helps!
 
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