Minor Cuts, Scrapes, and Skin Wounds
Specific treatment for skin wounds and injuries will be determined by your child's physician. In general, call your child's physician for skin injuries that are:
- bleeding heavily and do not stop after five to 10 minutes of direct pressure.
- deep or longer than 1/2 inch.
- located close to the eye.
- large cuts on the face.
- caused by a puncture wound or dirty or rusty object.
- embedded with debris such as dirt, stones, or gravel.
- ragged or have separated edges.
- caused by an animal or human bite.
- excessively painful.
- showing signs of infection such as increased warmth, redness, swelling, or drainage.
- your child has not had a tetanus vaccination within the past five years, or if you are unsure when your child's last tetanus shot was given.
- you are concerned about the wound or have any questions.
If you cannot find the information in which you are interested, please visit the Common Childhood Injuries and Poisonings Online Resources page in this Web site for an Internet/World Wide Web address that may contain additional information on that topic.
Lacerations Without Stitches
Lacerations With Stitches
Small Cuts and Scrapes
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