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Minor injuries

Childhood injuries are a frequent occurrence and will more often than not be scrapes and sprains. Here are some guidelines to follow.

In case of a cut or scrape:

  • Direct pressure should stop the bleeding after five or ten minutes.
  • Wash the injury clean with water and check that nothing is stuck in the skin
  • Cover with a bandage and an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.

In case of a sprain or strain:

  • Ensure that no bones have broken – the pain should lessen when the affected limb is rested. Constant pain is often the sign of a fracture, and if you are uncertain, a visit to the doctor for an x-ray is advised.
  • Rest and elevate the injured limb to higher than heart level
  • Apply ice to the affected area to bring swelling down

You should seek medical advice in the following cases:

  • If the wound does not stop bleeding after ten minutes.
  • If a cut is particularly wide or deep, or has ragged edges
  • Increasing swelling
  • Pus or other drainage (sign of infection)
  • Numb feeling in the injured area
  • Increasing pain
For more information or to book an appointment, please call our Harley Street clinic on 02073231023 02073231023 or our London City clinic on 02071010355 02071010355

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