Cuts and Scrapes: What You Can Treat and When You Need a Doctor
by Mary Calvagna, MS and Rebecca J. Stahl, MA
If you have children, you are no stranger to life's little calamities. They come in the form of skinned knees, scraped elbows, and stubbed toes. Here are some guidelines to help you treat those little accidents and know when it is time to seek help.
Steps to Treat Minor Wounds
When to See the Doctor TOP
If these injuries happen, get medical care right away:
Note: A child with a chronic condition, such as diabetes, should see a doctor right away if a wound is not healing well.
Your First-Aid Kit TOP
Here is what the American Red Cross recommends having in your home's first-aid kit.
To be even more prepared, sign up for a first aid class! Organizations like the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross may be offering classes in your area. Visit their websites for more information.
American Heart Association
American Red Cross
Canadian Red Cross
Canada Safety Council
American Heart Association. Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED. Dallas, TX: American Heart Association; 2006.
Cuts and scrapes: first aid. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-cuts/FA00042. Updated November 16, 2011. Accessed November 17, 2011.
First aid: cuts, scrapes and stitches. Family Doctor.org website. Available at: http://familydocto.... Updated December 2010. Accessed November 17, 2011.
Last reviewed November 2011 by Brian Randall, MD
Last Updated: 11/17/2011