Wellness - Safety/First Aid | 3-13 yrs

Dealing With Cuts And Scrapes In Kids

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Cuts and scrapes are a part of growing up. But often they may require immediate medical attention. Always keep basic first aid supplies such as bandages, sterile gauze, adhesive tape, antiseptic solution and ointments in your house. For both small and big cuts, it is important to first clean the wound area with water to rinse out any dirt. Other steps include using an antiseptic solution on the wound after cleaning it, applying a coat of antibiotic ointment, covering the cut with sterile gauze or bandage and securing it with adhesive tape. This is often enough for smaller cuts. For bigger cuts, it may be necessary to hold the bandages over cuts for a while to stop the bleeding. Consult a doctor if bleeding continues. Bigger cuts may also require stitches. Look out for pus or red streaks around the cuts. These signal an infection.

If you are unsure about treating your kid's cuts and wounds, hold the area with a clean cloth and seek a doctor's help immediately. Depending on the cut size, the doctor may use steri-strips or butterfly bandages or opt for stitches(either absorbable stitches or sutures or non-absorbable ones). According to an article in healthychildren.org, "Facial cuts in children usually heal remarkably well and with very little scarring. Pediatric plastic surgeons recommend that most facial cuts be repaired using simple interrupted sutures. The suture size and needle type are specifically designed for the delicate skin of the face."

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