Lacerations (Cuts) Without Stitches
What is a laceration?
A laceration is cut, tear or opening in the skin caused by an injury. These cuts may be small, and need only minor treatment at home. Or, may be large enough to need emergency medical care.
How do I know if my child’s cut needs stitches?
Cuts that do not involve fat or muscle tissue (superficial), are not bleeding heavily, are less than 1/2 inch long and do not involve the face can usually be managed at home without stitches. The goals of caring for a wound are to stop the bleeding and reduce the chance of scarring and infection.
First-aid for cuts that do not need stitches include:
Calm your child and let him or her know you can help.
Apply pressure with a clean cloth or bandage for several minutes to stop bleeding.
Wash your hands well.
Wash the cut area well with soap and water, but do not scrub the wound. Remove any dirt particles from the area and let the water from the faucet run over the cut for several minutes. A dirty cut or scrape that is not well cleaned can result in an infection and cause scarring.
Apply an antiseptic lotion or cream.
Cover the area with an adhesive bandage or gauze pad if the area is on the hands or feet, or if it is likely to drain onto clothing. Change the dressing at least two times a day and whenever it gets wet or dirty.
Check the area each day and keep it clean and dry.
When should I call my child’s healthcare provider?
If your child’s wound needs more than minor treatment, see your child’s healthcare provider or go to your local urgent care center, or emergency room. In general, call your child’s provider for cuts that are:
Bleeding heavily and do not stop after 5 to 10 minutes of direct pressure; If the bleeding is heavy, hold pressure for 5 to 10 minutes without stopping to look at the cut. If the cloth becomes soaked with blood, put a new cloth on top of the old one. Do not lift off the original cloth.
Deep or longer than 1/2 inch
Located close to the eye
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
Showing signs of infection, such as increased warmth, redness, swelling, or drainage
May involve additional injury, especially a head injury or a broken bone
Associated with numbness or inability to move a digit or a joint. These may indicate injury to a nerve or tendon, or both.
You should also call your child’s healthcare provider if your child has not had a tetanus shot within the past five years, if you are unsure when your child’s last tetanus shot was given, or if you are concerned about the wound and have questions.
1351Baby shower guest sign in ideas
1607Girl baby shower favors ideas
2533Boy baby shower decorations ideas
1791TOP 10 Girl baby shower themes ideas for 2017
600Baby shower fruit tray ideas
3923Baby shower snack ideas pinterest
1909Purchase The Special Twin Baby Shower Cakes From Your Local Stores
4291High tea baby shower ideas – 10 ways to have a High tea baby shower party!
4319Baby shower afternoon tea ideas
2553TOP 10 Baby girl baby shower food ideas
2463Baby shower ideas pinterest boy
4315Baby shower centerpieces ideas pictures – 10 methods to brighten your baby shower party
554Welcoming a Baby Angel in Style with the Best Baby shower souvenir ideas
218710 Useful Triplet baby shower ideas for you!
2041Planning a Baby shower program ideas – detailed guide
3165Baby shower charades ideas
4327Baby shower onesie ideas – 10 secrets to know
2137Bumble bee themed baby shower ideas – 10 tips for good party!
626Baby shower decoration ideas boy
58Minnie mouse baby shower ideas
3133Baby shower ideas after baby is born
1142Cute baby shower invitation ideas
2961Ideas para baby shower juegos
3867Baby shower ideas diaper cake
3433Baby shower goody bags ideas
1000Christian baby shower ideas
3969Baby shower pinterest ideas
1633Unique baby shower centerpiece ideas
1194Ideas for baby shower for girl
1439Cute baby girl shower ideas
4155Ideas for baby shower presents
21256Week 12 – Sleepyhead in my Belly
3151Baby shower game ideas for girls
858Baby shower ideas girls
3125Centerpiece ideas for baby shower for boy
22Baby shower favor ideas