Your child's healthcare provider
will talk with you about treatment for cuts and wounds of the face that need more than
minor treatment at home. But call your child's healthcare provider or get immediate
medical care for cuts and wounds of the face that are:
Bleeding without stopping
after 10 minutes of direct pressure, or that start to bleed again.
On the eyelids or involve the
eyes. Injury to the eye area needs evaluation by a healthcare provider
Deep or longer than 1/2
Caused by a puncture wound,
or dirty or rusty object
Embedded with debris, such as
dirt, stones, or gravel
Ragged or have separated
Caused by an animal or human
Extremely painful or if you
suspect a fracture or head or bone injury
Showing signs of infection,
such as increased warmth, redness, swelling, or drainage
Also call your child's healthcare provider if:
Your child has not had a tetanus vaccine within the past 5 years, or if you are unsure when your child's last tetanus shot was given.
You are concerned about the wound or have any questions.