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Children and Healthcare : Childhood Injuries, Poisons, and Burns : Children's Health : Minor Cuts, Scrapes, and Skin Wounds

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    • Abrasions

      An abrasion is a superficial rub or wearing off of the skin, usually caused by a scrape or a "brush burn." Abrasions are usually minor injuries that can be treated at home.

    • Blisters in Children

      Detailed information on blisters, including cause, first-aid, and treatment

    • Bruises

      A bruise is a collection of blood underneath the skin that is caused by trauma to an area of the body. Sometimes, enough bleeding occurs so that a lump also forms.

    • Lacerations With Stitches

      Stitches, also called sutures, are special types of thread that hold the edges of a wound together while it heals.

    • Lacerations Without Stitches

      A laceration is tear or opening in the skin caused by an injury. Some lacerations are small and need only minor treatment at home.

    • Puncture Wounds

      A puncture wound is a deep wound made by a sharp object. This type of wound may become infected easily because dirt and germs are carried deep into the tissues.

    • Small Cuts and Scrapes

      Wash the cut area well with soap and water, but do not scrub the wound. A dirty cut or scrape that is not thoroughly cleaned can cause scarring.

    • Splinters

      A splinter is a sharp sliver of wood, glass, or other debris that is lodged underneath the skin. Removal of small, superficial splinters can usually be done at home.