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Wound Care

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Your child has a wound from a fall or minor injury. A serious injury has not been found. The wound was washed and stitches or steri-strips may have been placed and/or a bandage applied. A tetanus shot may have been given.


  • Your child had ________ stitches. These must be taken out in _______ days. Stitches taken out late are hard to remove and can leave skin marks or scars. If any stitches come out early, call your child’s doctor.
  • Steri-strips may be put over the wound. These small pieces of white tape hold the outer layer of skin together while the wound heals. Any stitches under the skin will dissolve in 3 - 5 days. Keep the steri-strips clean and dry. Do not soak in hot water or let your child swim. Let steri-strips peel off on their own (usually 7-10 days). Call your child’s doctor if they fall off sooner than 2 days. Have the wound rechecked in _______ days.
  • A gauze bandage is in place to cover the wound, protect it from germs and soak up any drainage. Keep the bandage clean and dry for 24 hours. After that, you may wash the wound gently and put on a clean bandage.


  • The wound may be puffy and bruised.
  • There may be a small amount of bloody drainage.
  • You will notice changes in the way the wound looks over the next six months. This is normal.
  • Healing takes 6 to 12 months.
  • Scars are normal after a wound. The scarring will be less if the stitches are taken out on time.


  • Elevate the wound if you can. It will feel better and help the wound heal.
  • Clean the wound with ___________________________________________________________.
  • Change the bandage ___________________________________________________________.
  • The stitches need to be removed __________________________________________________.
  • Non-aspirin pain reliever may be given for pain relief at home. Never give your child aspirin unless directed by your child’s doctor.
  • Activities not permitted: _________________________________________________________________________.

  • Any wound can become infected, even with great care. Watch for signs and symptoms of infection and call your child’s doctor right away if any of the following occur:
    • Increased redness or streaks
    • Increased pain
    • Increased swelling or tenderness
    • Wound is warm to touch
    • Yellow/green drainage/pus
    • Fever greater than 101.5
  • Use antibiotic cream: ___________________________________________________________________________.
  • Call for any new symptoms.


Please keep all appointments for wound checks and to have stitches removed. If your child is not getting better or if your child seems to be getting worse, call your child’s doctor or bring your child to the nearest center for pediatric care.

Disclaimer:This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 05/2018

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