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Puncture Wounds

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

Puncture wounds do not remove large objects (such as a knife or stick) from a wound. Call for help (911 or an emergency number). Such objects must be removed by a doctor. Call the pediatrician for all puncture wounds. Your child may need a tetanus booster.

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.

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)