Bruises and cuts are all too common with healthy active youngsters, but no parents want to see their children injured. Dr. Alamelu's advice on the medical care your child needs if an injury results in a cut.
As a parent, it can be hard to know when a cut needs at home care, or when you need to seek more expert medical treatment. Your first steps to treat a wound are to wash it well, stop the bleeding, and gently pinch the sides of the wound together. If the wound is clean, shallow, and less than an inch long, you can generally treat it yourself with an antibiotic ointment and a bandage. Don’t delay; the risk of infection increases the longer a wound remains open.
When to seek medical help?
While there are no hard and fast rules, if your child's wound or cut meets these criteria you should seek medical help.
If the cut is deep down to the fat, muscle, or bone
If the wound is long or wide
If the injury is caused by an animal (cats, dogs, other kids etc.)
If the wound or cut doesn't stop bleeding
If it's a dirty wound when your child is playing outdoors
How do I know whether or not my child needs stitches?
Here are some guidelines to help you determine whether or not stitches are needed:
Bleeding doesn't stop or cannot be controlled
Cuts that go all the way through the skin exposing muscle, or bone
Any cut that is more than 1/2 an inch long
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