When Does a Cut Need Stitches?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.stitch, stitches, bleeding, cuts, gash, wounds, slashes, suture, stiches, stich, tetanus, tetanus shot, tetanus vaccine, tetanus immunization, tetnus, accidents, injuries, getting stitches07/14/200611/14/201911/14/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD11/11/20190112b539-9645-4f5a-bbe5-a880a751ac63https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/stitches.html/<p><em>How can I tell if my child needs stitches for a cut?<br /> &ndash; Andrea</em></p> <p>Most kids get bruises, scrapes, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-cuts.html/">cuts</a> from time to time. Many <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cuts-sheet.html/">small cuts</a> can be treated at home by washing the wound and using a bandage. But it's important to know when a cut might need medical care or even a few stitches.</p> <p>Your child may need stitches if a cut:</p> <ul> <li>is still bleeding after you apply pressure for 5 minutes</li> <li>is gaping or wide</li> <li>looks deep</li> <li>is on your child's face, lips, or neck</li> <li>has glass or other debris in it</li> <li>has an object sticking out of it, such as a twig</li> <li>spurts blood</li> </ul> <p>If a cut is spurting blood, an artery might have been nicked. It's important to put pressure on the wound with a clean cloth right away. The wound should be checked at an urgent care clinic or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/emergency-room.html/">ER</a> as soon as possible.</p> <p>These guidelines can help you decide if a cut needs stitches. But doctors in your local clinic or emergency room are the ones will know for sure.</p> <h3>If Your Child Gets Stitches</h3> <p>A healing cut can get infected, so doctors clean them carefully. At home, help prevent infection by taking good care of the cut as it heals.</p> <p><img class="center" title="Watch out for signs, like redness and swelling, that a cut might be infected, as described in the article" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/K-lacSuctureInfectA-415x233-enIL.png" alt="Watch out for signs, like redness and swelling, that a cut might be infected, as described in the article" /></p> <p>Check the wound every day. Some mild redness around it is normal. But call the doctor right away if:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>There's growing redness, warmth, or swelling around the wound. This could be the start of an infection.</li> <li>Red streaks are coming from the wound.</li> <li>Pus drains from the wound.</li> <li>The edges of the wound start to separate.</li> <li>Your child develops pain or a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a>.</li> <li>The stitches have started to come out or the wound is opening up.</li> </ul> <p>A health care provider will take out the stitches later. How long they stay in depends on the kind of cut and where it is. Sometimes, doctors put small white sticky tapes (butterfly bandages) over the stitches to give them extra strength. These tapes loosen in a few days and fall off on their own.</p> <p>Most cuts, even those fixed by stitches, leave a small scar. That's because when the deeper layer of the skin is injured, the body uses the protein <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/collagen.html/">collagen</a> to help fill in the cut area. The filled-in area becomes a scar. Over time, some scars fade or get smaller.</p>¿Cuándo hay que ponerle puntos a un corte?Las información que encontrará lo puede ayudar a saber si el corte de su hijo requiere puntos de sutura o no. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/stitches-esp.html/44f57806-b81f-4e49-8bed-4efeee23fe66
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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
TetanusTetanus (also called lockjaw) is a preventable disease that affects the muscles and nerves, usually due to a contaminated wound.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tetanus.html/016e45c3-44f1-41a3-97ec-7f97ed93f847
Wound Healing and CareHow well a wound heals depends on where it is on the body and what caused it – as well as how well someone cares for the wound at home. Find out what to do in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/wounds.html/8698279b-71fb-496e-a138-9564f07e71f2
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