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CUTS

MANAGEMENT


Step 1:
Stop the bleeding if there is any. Apply pressure on the site with a clean cloth. Sterile gauze available in packets with the chemist is preferable. Keep pressing at the site for at least five minutes. If the bleeding recurs, press again. Most bleeds can be stopped by this simple method. If the bleeding is not severe, wash your hands with soap and water before touching the child.

Step 2: Remove any dirt or other foreign material like pieces of glass from the wound. Dirt can lead to infection and pus formation. Before doing that, wash your hands and wash the skin around the wound with boiled and cooled water. Then clean the wound with some water. Avoid using soap as it can damage the tissues. If boiled water is not available, place the part under running tap water or pour water from a glass or flush the wound with water from a syringe.

Step 3: Dress the wound with sterile gauze or a clean cloth after bringing the edges of the wound together. If any antibiotic ointment like neosporin or soframycin is available, put it on the wound before applying the gauze. Keep it in place with a clean cloth or bandage. Do not tie the bandage too tightly. Change it as soon as it is wet or becomes dirty. Check the wound daily and change the gauze piece. After a few days, a scab will be formed and the dressing can be removed. If the gauze or bandage gets stuck to the wound, pour water on it (preferably boiled and cooled) to facilitate easy removal.

Step 4: Stitches may be required if the edges of the wound cannot be brought together, if the wound is deep or is more than half an inch long. Let your doctor decide. If you think that stitches may be needed, it is better to see your doctor within 8 hours of the injury.

Step 5: If a booster dose of DPT or DT is due and the child is around the age of 2 or 5 years, give one shot of DPT or DT. If he is around 10 years, give an injection of tetanus toxoid. If your child has received his immunisations in time, he does not need an extra dose of tetanus toxoid. 

Step 6: If bleeding continues in spite of pressure on the cut, seek medical attention (see Bleeding).




7 March, 2016

 
Part 4
The A-Z of Childhood Illnesses

Abdominal Pain
Abrasions or Scratches
Acute Glomerulonephritis
Acute Nephritis
Acute Watery Diarrhoea
Addictions
Adenoids
AIDS
Allergies
Anaemia
Anorexia (Poor Appetite)
Asthma
ADHD
Autism
Backache
Bed-Wetting (Enuresis)
Birth Deformities
Bites and Stings
Bleeding
Bone, Joint and Muscle Injuries
Bowlegs and Knock-Knees
Breathlessness
Bronchiolitis
Burns
Calcium Deficiency
Cancer
Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation
Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Chickenpox
Choking
Circumcision
Cleft Lip and Palate
Common Cold
Congenital Heart Disease
Constipation
Convulsions or Fits or Seizures
Cough
Croup
Crying
Cuts
Dengue Fever
Diabetes Mellitus
Diarrhoea, Dysentery ...
Diphtheria
Down's Syndrome
Earache, Ear Infections ...
Electric Shock
Encephalitis
Eye Problems
Fears
Foot Problems
German Measles (Rubella)
Glands in the Neck ...
Headache
Head Injury
Hepatitis
Hydrocephalus
Hypertension
Hypospadias
Influenza (Flu)
Jaundice
Joint Disorders
Kala-Azar
Leptospirosis
Limp and Pain in the Legs
Malaria
Malnutrition (Undernutrition)
Measles
Meningitis
Meningomyelocele
Menstrual Problems
Mental Retardation (MR)
Mouth To Mouth Breathing
Mumps
Nephrotic Syndrome
Nose-Related Problems
Obesity
Pneumonia
Poisoning
Poliomyelitis
Premature Baby
Prolapse of the Rectum
Rabies
Rheumatic Fever
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rickets
Short Child
Skin Conditions
Sleep and Sleep Problems
Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)
Splinters
Stammering
Stridor (Noisy Breathing)
Teething and Care of Teeth
Tetanus (Lock Jaw)
Thrush
Thumb-Sucking
Tics
Torticollis
Tracheoesophageal Fistula
Tropical Eosinophilia
Tuberculosis (TB)
Typhoid
Umbilical Problems
Undescended Testis
Urinary Infection
Vaginal Discharge
Vomiting
Wheezing
Whooping Cough (Pertusis)



Part 4
Keeping Your Child Healthy
Choosing A Paediatrician
Proper Use of Medicines
Home Remedies
A First Aid Kit
The A-Z of Childhood Illnesses
Psychological Concerns
Managing A Hospital Stay
Emergencies
Prayer And Your Child's Health
The Role of Nature Cure
Homoeopathy
Ayurveda and Child Care
Congenital Heart Disease FAQ
 
Guide to Child Care
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1 Pregnancy, Childbirth ...
2 The Growing Years
3 Feeding Infants, ...
4 Keeping Your Child Healthy
5 Keeping Your Child Happy
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