The No-Panic Guide to Kids' Health Emergencies

Expert-approved first aid solutions for everyday accidents (12 Photos)

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel on Feb 27, 2012 at 1:50PM

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The No-Panic Guide to Kids' Health Emergencies

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OMG! Crisis: Your child has a nasty cut

It’s unnerving to see blood on your child, but when you put fearless kids and playgrounds together, accidents will happen. “Kids slip, fall, and scrape themselves. It’s a fact of life,” explains Orlando pediatrician Hernando Cardona, MD of Windermere Pediatrics. Fortunately, most boo-boos are easily patched up.

First-Aid Fix: Grab anything absorbent -- wipes, a T-shirt, a rag -- and hold it firmly against the wound for at least five minutes to stop the bleeding. If it’s still bleeding after 10 minutes of continuous pressure, or the cut’s larger than a half-inch, it may need stitches, says Dr. Cardona. Otherwise, just wash the area with soap and water, apply antibiotic ointment, put on a bandage, and send your child back to play, he says.

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