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Cuts and Scrapes

This information is provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  For the complete first aid guide, click here.


Rinse small cuts with water until clean. Use direct pressure with a clean cloth to stop bleeding. If cut is not deep, apply an antibiotic ointment, and then cover the cut with a clean bandage. Call the pediatrician or seek emergency care for large and/or deep cuts, or if the wound is gaping, because stitches should be placed without delay. For major bleeding, call for help (911 or an emergency number). Continue direct pressure with a clean cloth until help arrives.

Note: Make sure your child is up to date for tetanus vaccination. Any open wound may need a tetanus booster even when your child is currently immunized. If your child has an open wound, ask the pediatrician if they needs a tetanus booster.


Rinse with clean, running tap water for at least 5 minutes to remove dirt and germs. Do not use detergents, alcohol, or peroxide. Apply a triple antibiotic ointment and a bandage that will not stick to the wound.

Important note: The information contained here should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.


Source First Aid (Copyright © 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics)