Every parent has to know how to handle wounds from the playground.
Bleeding elbows, splinters and severed fingers all need some type of medical help.
Essentially, if it’s anything worse than an injured ego, mom (and occasionally dad) will be called upon to arrange a dressing for the cut or scrape.
If the wound is bad enough to deserve stitches, it wouldn’t exactly be considered minor anymore. That’s a wound that needs a visit to the doctor.
Apart from requiring stitches, other reasons to phone the doctor includes if the wound is from a human bite or an animal.
For a minor cut or scrape, a little care should be sufficient.
Clean The Cut Or Scrape
The initial step is always to rinse the wound.
Just keep it basic. Some of the finest emergency centers use simple tap water to wash cuts.
If it’s particularly dirty, a small bit of soap and a fresh washcloth may be needed to get rid of all the dirt.
If the dirt or fragments won’t come out, you may have to see a doctor to prevent infection.
End the Bleeding
If there is a severe amount of blood you should control the blood loss right away. If it’s shooting red blood, phone the emergency services.
A tiny amount of bleeding is actually useful. The blood discharging helps to cleanse grime and contamination.
Though, once the wound is dirt-free, bleeding must be stopped. With a little wound, blood loss will generally discontinue by itself.
To discontinue the bleeding, place force directly on the wound with a dressing or gauze for up to 10 minutes.
Don’t lift the dressing to examine the wound. Every time you pick up the gauze or bandage, you can shatter the clot and begin the bleeding all over again.
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