Cuts, Scratches and Abrasions

These should be treated in the following manner to prevent infection and to ensure prompt healing with minimal scarring.

If there is any possibility that stitches might be required, the child should be brought in for an evaluation.  Stitches usually are not placed after 12 to 18 hours have elapsed from the time of injury.

  1. Clean the area thoroughly with soap and water and cover with an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin and a clean bandage.
  2. If your child has not had a tetanus shot within five years, he should be brought in during regular office hours.  The tetanus shot can be given anytime within 24 hours of the wound.
  3. A clean bandage should be applied to the area.
  4. Alcohol, iodine, Mercurochrome are no longer recommended.