First Aid: Cutsenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-FA-Cuts-enHD-1.jpgMost cuts can be safely treated at home. But deeper cuts - or any wounds that won't stop bleeding - need emergency medical treatment.cuts, cut, safety, safety sheet, safety, gashes, gash, wound, wounds, bleeding, blood, bleed, treating a cut, first-aid, firstaid, first aid, emergency, emergency medical care, emergency medical treatment, ambulance, cut on the face, bite, animal bite, bleeding from an artery, bleeding from a vein, deep cut, small cut, my child has a cut, my child was cut, what to do in an emergency, when to call the doctor, when to call a doctor08/21/200307/06/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD07/03/2018e612779f-fd61-449d-947f-c96066443829https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cuts-sheet.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-aid-guides.html/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-firstaid-enBT.jpg" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>Many kids get a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bleeding.html/">cut</a> from <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/falls-sheet.html/">falls</a> or using sharp objects like scissors. Some cuts can be safely treated at home. Large, gaping, and deeper cuts — or any wounds that won't stop bleeding — need medical treatment.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If the cut is severe and you can't get your child to a hospital right away or must wait for an ambulance, begin this treatment:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Rinse the cut or wound with water and apply pressure with sterile gauze, a bandage, or a clean cloth.</li> <li>If blood soaks through the bandage, place another bandage on top of the first and keep applying pressure.</li> <li>Raise the injured body part to slow bleeding.</li> <li>When bleeding stops, cover the wound with a new, clean bandage.</li> <li><strong><strong>Do not use a tourniquet </strong> .</strong><strong><br /></strong></li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care if:</h3> <ul> <li>the cut is deep or its edges are widely separated</li> <li>the cut continues to ooze and bleed even after applying pressure</li> <li>the injury was caused by an animal or human bite, burn, electrical injury, or puncture wound (such as a nail)</li> </ul> <h3>Call 911 Right Away</h3> <h4>If Your Child:</h4> <ul> <li>has a body part, such as a fingertip, that is cut off. <strong>Put the part that was cut off in a sealed plastic bag right away. Put the bag in a container with ice water.</strong></li> <li>has a cut and the blood is spurting out and hard to control</li> <li>is bleeding so much that bandages are becoming soaked with blood</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childproof.html/">Childproof</a> so that infants and toddlers are less likely to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-falls.html/">fall</a> or become injured on table corners, sharp objects, or doors that may slam shut.</li> <li>Be sure your kids&nbsp;wear shoes when playing outside.</li> <li>Watch teens when they are cutting with sharp knives.</li> </ul>
CellulitisCellulitis is a skin infection that involves areas of tissue just below the skin's surface. It can affect any part of the body, but it's most common on exposed areas, such as the face, arms, or lower legs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/cellulitis.html/11d03e5b-f1ac-42bc-95b9-8ed4436e5326
Cuts, Scratches, and ScrapesMost small cuts, scrapes, or abrasions heal on their own. Here are tips for teens on how to treat cuts at home - and when to get medical help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/cuts.html/8a67c334-f7b8-4aeb-ba0b-d40c0329c38a
CuttingCutting isn't new, but this form of self-injury has been in the spotlight more in recent years. Learn more about it and ways to help a teen who cuts.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cutting.html/ecd223ff-9f32-4f8b-8f69-4b9201cab212
Dealing With CutsFind out how to handle minor cuts at home - and when to get medical care for a more serious injury.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bleeding.html/dd98d89c-e30e-4b99-8178-bb65cc8e9c3d
First Aid: Animal BitesAnimal bites and scratches that break the skin can cause infection. Rarely, animal bites can cause rabies, a dangerous, life-threatening disease.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/animal-bites-sheet.html/f4578512-854e-410b-90b8-52926a8846ea
First Aid: FallsAlthough most result in mild bumps and bruises, some falls can cause serious injuries that need medical attention.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/falls-sheet.html/1cb1d94d-8d61-4ea2-8607-27bdffc5b098
Helping Teens Who CutCutting isn't new, but this form of self-injury has been in the spotlight more in recent years. Learn more how to help a teen who cuts.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/help-cutting.html/f5c8fb47-5ee2-4954-bb28-26f15902e5f0
Household Safety: Preventing CutsIt's important to protect kids from sharp and dangerous items around and outside the home. Here are ways to prevent cuts and other injuries.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-cuts.html/5440ae02-1fbb-4adf-a8dd-522628e6973d
Skin, Hair, and NailsOur skin protects the network of tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/ff7f1929-9dfc-404b-91a9-b45e51633223
StitchesMost kids need stitches at one time or another to help a cut heal properly. Read this article to learn all about stitches and what they do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/stitches.html/a5bc0381-8320-4e6f-b4ad-8dfbe9777daa
When Does a Cut Need Stitches?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/stitches.html/0112b539-9645-4f5a-bbe5-a880a751ac63
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