McKnight Pediatrics


Cuts, Bruises, and Other Injuries

Minor cuts and bruises are common occurrences in children. If your child sustains a minor cut you should clean the area with warm water and a mild cleanser. Generally speaking, it is not necessary to use antibacterial soaps. You may cover is with a clean bandage to help keep it dry and keep germs out. If your child has increased redness or pain in the area of a cut or if there is thick drainage, you should call for an appointment. If your child has a cut that appears very deep or you cannot stop the bleeding by sustained pressure, you should call the office or answering service.

Bruises can typically be treated by applying a cool compress. If possible, elevate the area.