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How to Treat a Child's Cut, Scrape, or Bruise

Children are so active that there's always a chance they will get cuts, scrapes and bruises. Stay calm and follow these tips to get your child back on their feet.


  • Step 1: Apply cold pack Apply a cold pack to a bruise for 20 minutes to stop internal bleeding.
  • Step 2: Elevate the area Elevate the bruised area for 15 minutes. Contact a doctor after 24 hours if the bruise does not get better.
  • TIP: Seek medical attention if the bruised area becomes swollen.
  • Step 3: Apply pressure Apply direct pressure to cuts and scrapes for 10 minutes to stop the bleeding.
  • Step 4: Clean the wound Clean the wound with soap and water.
  • Step 5: Use a washcloth to gently scrub away dirt.
  • TIP: Cut off loose pieces of skin with sterilized scissors.
  • Step 6: Apply antibacterial cream or spray to prevent infection.
  • Step 7: Cover the wound with a band-aid or sterile gauze. Contact your doctor if the cut or scrape looks infected, or does not heal within 10 days.
  • FACT: blood vessels under the skin rupture.

You Will Need

  • Cold pack
  • Doctor
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Washcloth
  • Antibacterial cream/spray
  • Band-Aids or gauze
  • Sterile gauze
  • Scissors (optional)

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