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Children and Healthcare : Childhood Injuries, Poisons, and Burns : Children's Health : Superficial Injuries to the Face and Head


    • Cuts and Wounds of the External Ear

      Any wound to the ear cartilage that is more than just a superficial cut or laceration should be seen by a doctor to decide if stitches are needed.

    • Cuts and Wounds of the Face

      Most minor cuts or wounds to the face can be handled at home with simple first-aid treatment.

    • Cuts and Wounds of the Mouth and Lips

      The gums, tongue, and lips have a rich blood supply and when cuts occur, these areas may bleed excessively.

    • Cuts and Wounds of the Nose

      Most minor nose wounds can be handled at home, but a wound or bruise that also involves one or both eyes requires immediate medical attention.

    • Foreign Bodies in the Ear, Nose, and Airway

      Children usually place things in their ears because they are bored, curious, or copying other children. Some objects may cause no symptoms, but other objects, such as food and insects, may cause pain in the ear, redness, or drainage.

    • Injuries to the Teeth

      The injury may be to a primary tooth or a permanent tooth. A tooth can be cracked, chipped, or totally detached from its socket.

    • Insects in the Ear

      Don't attempt to remove the insect by poking it with a cotton swab. This may push the insect farther into the ear or cause damage to the middle ear and eardrum.

    • Nosebleeds

      Nosebleeds are fairly common in children, especially in dry climates or during the winter months, when dry heat inside homes and buildings can cause drying, cracking, or crusting inside the nose.

    • Superficial Injuries to the Face and Head

      Children are more likely to end up with a cut or scrape on the head or face. One reason is that children's sense of balance isn't completely adjusted.