What should I do if I am cut by something sharp?

What if you cut?

1. What do you do?

If the wound is very shallow and bleeding is not much, it can be handled by itself.

(1) Cleaning the wound

Rinse all around the wound with clean water.

(2) Dressing

If the wound is small, you can stick a Band-Aid. If the wound is large, you can use clean gauze and wait for the wound to scab naturally.

(3) Timely dressing change

Band-Aid and gauze should be replaced on time. If they stick to the wound, they can be wet with normal saline and gently removed. If they are wet and dirty, they should be replaced in time.

(4) Analgesia

If the child is in great pain, calm the child’s mood first and consider taking painkillers when necessary.

2. Situations requiring medical attention

    The cut was deep, Or at the joint. The wound is not clean, there are foreign bodies, Unable to clean up the wound. Cuts caused by animal minions, sharp instruments with dirty surfaces, etc. The wound showed no sign of healing within a few days. Or symptoms such as redness, festering or persistent pain. The baby has not been injected with tetanus vaccine or has been injected for more than 10 years. Before being sent to a doctor, you can initially treat the wound yourself-rinse with clear water and use clean gauze or towel to stop bleeding under pressure.

3. Situations requiring urgent attention

Under the following circumstances, be promptly sent to the hospital:

    The wound bleeding is very serious, and the blood even gushes out in a spray. Ten minutes after pressurization hemostasis, the blood still flows profusely and even shows signs of shock.

When sending a doctor, the injured area is higher than the heart level, which can reduce the outflow of blood to a certain extent.

Deal with cuts and avoid these common misconceptions.

  1. Don’t apply salt, pickled food, powder and other strange things to the wound.

    In doing so, on the one hand, it will be very painful, on the other hand, it may make the wound suffer from infection that could have been completely avoided and leave scars.

  2. Do not use alcohol, iodine, mercurochrome, mercurochrome, etc. to smear wounds

    These drugs will stimulate wounds or affect healing. Iodophor is recommended to be effective and painless. Hydrogen peroxide also has hemostatic effect and is suitable for fresh knife cuts, but after use, it needs to be rinsed again with clear water, and it will be very painful when used.

How to prevent cuts on children?

  1. Sharp utensils, such as scissors and kitchen knives, are placed in places that children are not easy to contact.

  2. For older children, teach them to use scissors and other tools correctly.

  3. You can consider buying safety scissors with round and blunt cutter heads for children to use.

  4. Pay attention to the safety education of children.