First Aid

    Many kids get a cut from falls or using sharp objects like scissors. Some cuts can be safely treated at home. Large, gaping, and deeper cuts — or any wounds that won't stop bleeding — need medical treatment.

    What to Do

    If the cut is severe and you can't get your child to a hospital right away or must wait for an ambulance, begin this treatment:

    • Rinse the cut or wound with water and apply pressure with sterile gauze, a bandage, or a clean cloth.
    • If blood soaks through the bandage, place another bandage on top of the first and keep applying pressure.
    • Raise the injured body part to slow bleeding.
    • When bleeding stops, cover the wound with a new, clean bandage.
    • Do not use a tourniquet .

    Get Medical Care if:

    • the cut is deep or its edges are widely separated
    • the cut continues to ooze and bleed even after applying pressure
    • the injury was caused by an animal or human bite, burn, electrical injury, or puncture wound (such as a nail)

    Call 911 Right Away

    If Your Child:

    • has a body part, such as a fingertip, that is cut off. Put the part that was cut off in a sealed plastic bag right away. Put the bag in a container with ice water.
    • has a cut and the blood is spurting out and hard to control
    • is bleeding so much that bandages are becoming soaked with blood

    Think Prevention!

    • Childproof so that infants and toddlers are less likely to fall or become injured on table corners, sharp objects, or doors that may slam shut.
    • Be sure your kids wear shoes when playing outside.
    • Watch teens when they are cutting with sharp knives.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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