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Cuts, Scrapes, or Bruises (Skin Injury)

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Care at Home

  • BRUISES: * Use a cold pack or ice bag wrapped in a wet cloth. Put it on the bruise once for 20 minutes. This will help to stop the bleeding. * After 48 hours, use a warm wet wash cloth. Do this for 10 minutes 3 times per day. This helps to reabsorb the blood.
  • CUTS, SCRATCHES AND SCRAPES: * Use direct pressure to stop any bleeding. Do this for 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. * Wash the wound with soap and water for 5 minutes. Try to rinse the cut under running water. * Caution: Never soak a wound that might need sutures. Reason: It may become more swollen and harder to close. * Gently scrub out any dirt with a washcloth. * Cut off any pieces of loose skin using a fine scissors. Clean the scissors first with rubbing alcohol. * Put an antibiotic ointment on such as Polysporin. No prescription is needed. Then, cover it with a Band-Aid or dressing. Change daily.
  • LIQUID SKIN BANDAGE FOR MINOR CUTS AND SCRAPES: * Liquid skin bandage seals wounds with a plastic coating. It lasts up to 1 week. * Liquid skin bandage has several benefits compared to other bandages (such as Band-Aid). Liquid bandage only needs to be put on once. It seals the wound and may promote faster healing and lower infection rates. Also, it's water-proof. * Wash and dry the wound first. Then, put on the liquid. It comes with a brush or swab. It dries in less than a minute. * You can get this product at a drugstore near you. There are many brands of liquid bandage. No prescription is needed.
  • PAIN MEDICINE: * To help with the pain, give acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen. Use as needed. See Dose Table.
  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: * Bleeding does not stop after using direct pressure to the cut * Starts to look infected (pus, redness) * Doesn't heal by 10 days * Your child becomes worse
  • WHAT TO EXPECT: * Small cuts and scrapes heal up in less than a week.

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