Cuts and scrapes in children: First aid

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Learn how to treat cuts, scrapes and other minor injuries in children.

Key points

  • First stop any bleeding by firmly pressing a clean cloth or gauze over the wound.
  • Clean the wound using cool water.
  • Keep a bandage on the cut or scrape until it has formed a scab.
  • Keep the healing wound covered if it is likely to get dirty or irritated.
  • Take your child to a health-care provider if you cannot stop the bleeding, if you think there may be a more serious injury, or if you see signs of infection while the wound is healing.
Last updated: May 3rd 2024