There’s little more terrifying scene than seeing your child bleeding severely from a laceration. If you find your child in this situation, stay calm, compress the injury to slow the bleeding, and make your way to Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care, in Manassas, Virginia. The team of expert pediatricians and clinical staff offer urgent care services to stop bleeding and close lacerations. Call Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care or book an appointment online for compassionate, pediatric urgent care services.
A laceration is a wound that breaks the skin. Lacerations vary in size and severity and almost always cause bleeding. While minor cuts and scrapes are common childhood injuries that you can treat at home, if your child has a more severe wound, you should take them to Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care for expert assessment and treatment.
When your child has a bleeding wound, use a clean towel or gauze to put pressure on the wound to stop or slow the bleeding. When you can get a good look at the injury, examine it to determine its length, depth, and severity.
Signs that your child’s injury requires medical care include a wound that is gaping or wide, that is a deep cut, that spurts blood, that continues to bleed after five minutes of putting pressure on it, has debris or glass in it, is on the face or neck.
The team at Night Watch Urgent Care provides expert treatment to clean lacerations, stop bleeding, and close deep and/or wide wounds. If you child has a severe cut, make your way to Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care and, if possible, call the office to let the team know you’re coming and provide details about your child’s injury.
The team at Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care assesses your child’s wound. They clean the wound and inject a local anesthetic like Lidocaine. They examine the depth and severity of the injury to determine the best way to close it. They can use stitches, sutures, or Steri-Strips.
The team provides antibiotics, tetanus shots, or other medication to prevent infection and other complications. They also give you instructions on how to take care of your child’s laceration at home.
In most cases, you need to keep the wound clean and dry for the first 24-48 hours. Then you can wash around the stitches with cool water and gentle soap. Don’t wash the stitches or sutures directly, and when you dry the area, dab with a clean paper towel. Don’t scrub or rub at the stitches. Apply a fresh, clean bandage and an antibiotic ointment as advised by your doctor.
Depending on the type of stitches used to close the wound, you might need to bring your child back to Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care to have the stitches removed. Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions to reduce the risk of infection, pain, and scarring.
The team at Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care provides skilled and expert care of lacerations. Call or schedule an appointment online today.