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Cuts & Scrapes

As parents you know how easily (and maybe frequently) your kids can injure themselves playing. Most cuts & scrapes, also referred to as abrasions, are minor injuries that can be treated at home. Here's how:

  1. Wash your hands before cleaning out the wound.

  2. Wash the affected area with soap and water, but do not scrub the open injury. Using hydrogen peroxide to clean wounds is no longer recommended because it damages the healthy normal skin.

  3. Pat dry, or let air dry.

  4. You can apply an antiseptic to help with healing.

  5. Cover the area with a bandage.

  6. Check the wound daily to monitor for correct healing.

There are some circumstances when you should seek professional medical attention for your child's wound:

  • If the wound is on or around the eyes or another area you do not feel comfortable handling yourself

  • If the wound is deeply embedded with debris

  • If the wound shows signs of infection (warmth in the area, swelling, redness, drainage)

  • If the wound covers an area too large to be effectively treated at home

If you are ever unsure of what to do, please call either office and we will advise you.

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