What to Do if Your Child Has Bleeding That Will Not Stop
Apr 30, 2016
Bleeding that will not stop can be a scary problem for anyone, but it is especially troubling when it happens to a child. Here are some things that you can do to get your child ready for a trip to your nearest Complete Care emergency medical facility.
If your child has bleeding that will not stop after about 5-10 minutes of applying pressure, or the cut is deep or wide, get to your nearest emergency facility as quickly as you can. This is also the case if the cut is either filled with debris such as dirt or glass, or if the cut is on the child’s face or neck.
It will be extremely important that you stay as calm as possible during the trip to your nearest Complete Care. Keep applying pressure to the cut using a dry, clean cloth. You can give your child acetaminophen for any pain he or she may be experiencing, but do not give ibuprofen. The reason is the drug could actually increase bleeding.
What to Expect During Treatment for Bleeding that Will Not Stop
Once you get to the emergency facility, a nurse will likely want to you whether your child has been vaccinated against tetanus. You will also be asked whether or not your child has any kinds of medication allergies. The doctor will continue to apply pressure to the cut and then determine whether or not stitches will be needed. If the cut is relatively minor, then butterfly stitches may be used to hold the skin together. Other options will include skin glue, skin staples, absorbable stitches or classic stitches.
Once you get back home, you will need to keep the stitches dry for at least the first 24 hours and be alert to any signs of infection, such as swelling, fever or redness.