May also be called: Cut
An open wound of the head is a cut or break in the skin. The wound may be minor and near the surface of the scalp. Or it can be serious and deeper, affecting nerves, blood vessels, the brain, or bone.
More to Know
The head has many blood vessels, so even minor wounds can look scary and bleed a lot.
Seek immediate medical attention if a wound is more than an inch long or appears to be deep. Doctors may need to close the wound with staples or stitches.
Keep in Mind
Deep, large, and dirty wounds need more care. (A "dirty" wound is one that germs have gotten into.) After a wound is treated and bandaged, follow instructions carefully to prevent infection and minimize scarring.
All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2021 KidsHealth® All rights reserved. Images provided by iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com