View Full Version : Scabs on the scar
11-09-2010, 09:24 PM
We are 1 month post-op and have been giving Joey baths almost every night, with a hair washing. His incision looks clean, but it's still scabby on the scar. Some of it is flaking off, and I don't want to pick it b/c I don't want the scar to get worse. Where the scab is gone, the scar looks great, but I'm still concerned w/ the scabs. I know Dr. Fearon didn't want us to put any creams or salves on it, so I was just wondering how the scars are supposed to be around 1 month post-op.
11-09-2010, 09:42 PM
Rub the scabs with a washcloth every night when you wash his hair to help loosen them. Dr. Fearon says that scabs will make a scar worse. You don't want it to scab.
11-09-2010, 09:48 PM
Oh wow, this morning I think I rubbed Mateo last scab off!! lol!! I never knew it would make it better or worse, I just figured they would eventually come off..
My Dr. said not to use any creams or salves either!!
11-09-2010, 10:55 PM
Dr F had told us to use conditioner (Suave for some reason) on Xander's scar after we washed it each night. By 8-10 weeks post op what little scabbing he had started to flake away. It had never looked bloody and was the thinnest little line and almost seemed subcutaneous- as in it wasn't raised up at all. Most of Xander's scar can barely be seen unless you really look for it. There is one spot near his right ear that stretched a little and is wider but still well covered by hair.
I think just to be on the safe side you should call nurse Cindy and/or take some close up pics and email DR F and ask how to proceed. Good luck and let us know how things go!
11-10-2010, 04:26 AM
i know diff. doc's have different opinion's but we were advised to get the scabs off, i was really freaked out about doing it and zac had quite a large one form, eventually i got the courage to get it off but he's been left with a massive scar, wish i had took it off right away. if u put vaseline all over the scabs in the afternoon they should come off easily with a cloth at bathtime.
11-10-2010, 12:55 PM
AJ had a scab that kept returning and they told me to use neosporin on it to keep it moist and then for it to heal. It eventually came off and never came back. That was 8 months post op
11-10-2010, 01:46 PM
Alex had some scabbing on his scar...some areas worse than others, and I worried too. I even must admit that I "helped" a few of them along (the ones that we're half hanging off) by gently rubbing them with my fingers. Once all the scabbing was gone, Alex's incision/scar has always looked great IMO...better than I would have thought possible. He's now almost 18mos post-op and except for a small area above his ears (that only I notice), his scar is invisible under his hair. I have a difficult time even finding it when I'm looking thru his buzz cut, lol.
11-11-2010, 02:13 PM
ok... so i was nervous about the scabbing so i put some neosporin on it this morning and just gave him a bath and massaged the scar w/ a washcloth. As I was drying his hair, the scab was coming off... so I think we're ok. I think the neosporin really helped, though.
Thanks all! I couldn't remember if they said don't let it scab or not. So much going on at once!
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