Treating Cuts and Bleeding in Children
Call 911 if:
- Your child is bleeding heavily.
- The wound is deep.
- The edges of the wound are gaping.
- The wound is spurting blood.
- You can't stop the bleeding after 10 minutes of direct pressure.
- An object has punctured the skin and is still in the body.
Cuts and scrapes are common in young children. Usually, parents can treat them at home.
Call Doctor If:
- The cut is on your child's face.
- The cut is larger than a half inch, jagged, has dirt in it, isn't healing well, or seems infected.
1. Examine the Injury
- Do not remove an object that has penetrated the body. Put pressure on the wound and call 911.
2. Clean the Wound
- Wash your hands.
- Clean the wound with lots of cool water. Make sure all dirt and debris are removed.
- Clean the area around the wound with mild soap and water.
3. Stop the Bleeding
- Cover the wound with gauze or a clean towel and press down with your palm.
- If the gauze soaks through, don't remove it. Put another layer of gauze on top.
- Keep up the pressure for a few minutes after the bleeding stops.
4. Treat the Wound
- Apply an antibacterial ointment to the area.
- If the wound is minor and unlikely to get dirty, let it heal in the open air.
- If the wound is likely to get dirty because it's on the hands or feet, put on a bandage.