The Bloody Facts: Treat Bleeding Wounds Safely
They’re big kids now, but they still get boo-boos. Brushing up on the proper treatment for a bloody injury falls into a “Better safe than sorry” parenting style.
What You Need To Know
Most cuts are small and don't present real danger to your child. But bleeding from larger or deeper cuts may require urgent medical treatment. The depth or the wound and its location may indicate the possibility of damaged nerves or tendons.
How You Can Help
Knowing the differences between a minor wound and one the dictates medical attention can help you remain calm at the sight of your kid’s blood.
- Minor bleeding. For the common stick and stone that break skin, rinse and clean the wound thoroughly before applying a sterile bandage that you need to check daily. You don’t need to contact your doctor unless the injury becomes red, swollen, tender, warm, or pus producing.
- Bleeding from a large cut. In addition to cleansing the area thoroughly, apply pressure to the wound with a sterile pad for five minutes and if possible, raise the injured body part above your child’s heart. Your doctor needs to be alerted if the bleeding doesn’t stop after five minutes, you can’t fully clean the wound, the injury is to the face or neck, or an animal is responsible for the laceration.
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