“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).