From Pink Eye to Stitches: How to Treat Common Kids' Injuries

Kids will be kids -- they get cuts, scrapes and pink eye. Here's how to take care of those minor injuries (17 Photos)

Arricca Elin SanSone on Sep 4, 2012 at 12:25PM

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From Pink Eye to Stitches: How to Treat Common Kids' Injuries

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How to Care for Stitches

“Keep the area clean because it’s the perfect medium for bacteria,” says Alfred Sacchetti, M.D., spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians and chief of emergency medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. Wait a day after your child gets stitches, and then wash the area daily with soap and water and pat dry with a clean towel. Apply antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandage. It’s okay to shower when you have stitches, but don't soak in the bathtub. The area right around the stitches will probably be a little red, but call your doctor if you notice signs of an infection such as a red streak near the wound, a milky drainage or if the area becomes painful (once the wound is closed, it shouldn’t hurt).

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