Minor cuts and scrapes

It is very common for kids to get minor cuts and wounds when playing. Most of these can be handled at home with first-aid care. If there is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean cloth or bandage for several minutes until the bleeding stops, then wash the wound with soap and water (but do not scrub the wound.) You can apply antiseptic cream and then a bandage. Keep the area dry and clean. If there is bruising, swelling, or pain, you can apply ice to the area periodically. If there is a cut or scrape that is healing, be sure to protect the area well from the sun using sunscreen or clothing. You should seek care for their wound if any of the following occur:

  • heavy bleeding that continues after more than 5-10 minutes of applying pressure
  • deep cuts
  • puncture wounds, especially from dirty or rusty objects
  • caused by an animal or human bite
  • excessive pain, increased warmth, redness, swelling, or drainage
  • involving sensitive areas such as the eyes

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