COMMON INJURY/POISON :: Minor Cuts, Scrapes, and Skin Wounds
What is a puncture wound?
A puncture wound is a deep wound made by a sharp object such as a nail or a jagged piece of metal or wood. Puncture wounds may be small in diameter and not seem serious; however, they do require treatment by a physician. Puncture wounds may become infected easily because dirt and germs are carried deep into the tissues. Sometimes, infection may be delayed, so it is very important to have your child see a physician for any puncture wound.
First-aid for puncture wounds:
Treatment for puncture wounds:
Once a physician has seen your child, you will be given specific instructions for how to care for your child's wound. Treatment at home will be based on the location and size of the wound, type of treatment needed, and any special needs noted by the physician. Antibiotics may be given to help prevent infection in the wound.
Some general guidelines for caring for a puncture wound include the following:
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