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Learn how to care for sutures and stitches and how to keep the wound clean and what you can do to prevent scarring.

Key points

  • Ask the health care provider who is managing your child's wound what to expect in terms of healing and scarring.
  • See a doctor if your child has signs of infection, including fever or pain, redness and swelling at the wound.
  • Most wounds that go through the upper layers of skin will heal with a mark or scar. This mark may be more noticeable in the weeks following the injury, but it should mature or diminish over many months.
Last updated: February 28th 2019