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Child first aid for bruises, cuts, scrapes, splinters and more

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Child first aid for bruises, cuts, scrapes, splinters and more

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 appropriately.

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.

Puncture wounds
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