Cuts and scrapes are very common pediatric injuries as kids are constantly
going on adventures and exploring new territory. While kissing the pain
away and some TLC are often all that is needed, I would like to provide
you with some information on how to help your child’s wound heal
Apply cold compresses. Call your doctor for a crush injury, large bruises,
continued pain or swelling.
Wash small cuts with water until clean; topical antiseptics can be used.
Use direct pressure with a clean cloth to stop bleeding. Apply a topical
antibiotic ointment, then cover the cut with a clean dressing. Call your
doctor for large and deep cuts, since stitches should be placed without
delay. Apply pressure directly to the wound for major bleeding and call
for help (911). Continue pressure until help arrives.
Irrigate the site with water to remove dirt and germs. Do not use detergents,
alcohol or peroxide. Use a topical anesthetic. Apply an antibiotic ointment
and a non-adhering dressing.
Remove small splinters with tweezers, then wash and apply topical antiseptic.
If you are unable to remove the splinter completely, call your doctor.
Do not remove large objects such as a knife or stick from a wound. Call
for emergency medical assistance (911). Such objects must be removed by
a doctor. Call your doctor for all puncture wounds. Your child may need
a tetanus booster.
Make sure your child is immunized for
tetanus. Puncture wounds or lacerations may require a tetanus booster even when
your child is currently immunized.
This first aid information is provided by the
American Academy of Pediatrics.
Valerie Amstadt, PA-C, works as a team with Drs.
Francesca McCaffrey and
Hollie Stewart at the Campbell County Medical Group
Pediatrics Clinic located in the
Main Clinic at 501 S. Burma Avenue in Gillette, Wyoming, on the south side of
Campbell County Memorial Hospital. They are accepting new patients and are passionate about your child’s
health and well-being. Call 307.688.3636 for an appointment. Learn more
about this practice at