Do I Need Stitches?

Summer has begun and the kids are outside playing more than during the school year. More skin wounds occur between June and September than any other time during the year. If your child falls and gets a cut what do you do? Sometimes it’s hard to know if stitches are the answer.  Fortunately, our  Medical Minute gives you all the information you need to know on when to get stitches.

Do I Need Stitches?

Stitches are necessary when a wound is…

  • Big
  • Deep
  • Wide
  • Or will not stop bleeding after pressure is applied

If any of these symptoms are present, it is important to go to the doctor or to the emergency room for further help and possibly stitches. Whether or not stitches are needed can all depends on  the doctors’ assessment of the wound. Always best to have it checked by a professional.

Alternatives to getting stitches are…

  • Skin glue- it  is a quick and painless method to use and often a kid’s favorite
  • Staples
  • Butterfly Tape
  • Bandages

Immediately after a skin injury it is important to remember…

  • Keep the wound as clean as possible. We suggest soaking it in water or peroxide
  • Not to wait too long before visiting a doctor, or if bleeding will not stop after applying pressure to go immediately to the emergency room
  • If not properly treated, a cut can turn into a scar
  • Elevation can sometimes help stop, or at least slow down bleeding

These tips are sure to make any parent’s lives easier in the event their child falls and  cuts themselves badly.

AFC  Danbury Urgent Care  is also available over the phone and is open 7 days a week, no appointment necessary for any more information and help.

We also offer online check in to help save time.

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