When does a wound or laceration require a visit to UrgiKids?
Scrapes, cuts, bumps, and falls are common in childhood. However, those that require a visit to the pediatrician for medical evaluation and treatment include:
- Lacerations that don’t stop bleeding after five to 10 minutes of direct pressure
- Cuts that are deep or longer than 1/2 inch
- Any injuries that are located near the eye
- Large cuts on the face
- Cuts, punctures, or scrapes caused by a dirty or rusty object
- Lacerations that are embedded with debris such as dirt or gravel
- Lacerations that have ragged or separated edges
- Skin punctures caused by an animal or human bite
- Injuries that are excessively painful
- Injuries that show signs of infection (ie: increased warmth, redness, inflammation, or drainage)
How are lacerations treated at UrgiKids?
At UrgiKids, the team includes pediatric urgent care physicians and nurses who are experts in promptly treating kids in pain, while simultaneously calming their anxious parents. They offer techniques to minimize pain and treat the laceration with either stitches or surgical glue. Any open wound that may need sutures or glue should be treated soon as possible to prevent infection.