Topic of the month – February 2013

How childproof is your home?

A typical home contains a whole load of opportunities for children to injure themselves. Around half a million children in Germany, for example, Injure themselves at home every year.

Children are curious, inventive and often unpredictable. It is impossible to make your house entirely safe. But you can treat your children’s injuries and help to ensure that they are not left with lasting scars.

Many dangers go unrecognised

Some things are obvious: sharp edges, electrical sockets, staircases and hot cups of coffee. And there are plenty of gadgets available to prevent children injuring themselves on such common dangers.

But it is also worth looking around to see what else you can find, and it is important to do this from a child’s perspective. So get down on your hands and knees, crawl around your house, and see what you can find. You will probably be able to prevent a few accidents from happening.

Cuts and wounds will happen

Most injuries are no reason to go to the doctor or even call an ambulance. A cuddle and a plaster will be enough. But in the case of deep wounds or large burns you will need to seek help, possibly go to casualty or maybe even call for an ambulance.

Contractubex® prevents visible scars

If you have children then you should also have a tube of Contractubex® in your house. Because even small wounds can be deep and lead to a visible scar. You can prevent this by treating the affected area 2 to 3 times daily with Contractubex® as soon as the wound has closed or the stitches have been removed. That way you can be sure that your child will not carry any lasting reminders of his or her injury.


Contractubex® Composition: 100 g gel contains: 10.0 g Extr. cepae, 5000 IU heparin sodium, 1.0 g allantoin. Indications: Hypertrophic and keloidal scars, movement-restricting and cosmetically disfiguring scars after operations, amputations, burns, and accidents; contractures such as Dupuytren’s contracture and traumatic tendon contractures; cicatricial strictures. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to parabens. Side effects: Very rare skin reactions. Mode of action: Contractubex® exerts an antiproliferative, antiinflammatory, softening, and smoothing action on proliferating scar tissue. Dosage: Unless otherwise prescribed, Contractubex® should be gently massaged into the skin several times a day until all the gel has been absorbed. In the case of hardened older scars, it may be necessary to cover the treated area with a dressing overnight. Interactions: None known. Package sizes: 20 g, 50 g. Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Eckenheimer Landstraße 100, D-60318 Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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