Cleaning cuts

Stop any bleeding by pressing a clean, soft cloth against the wound. If the wound isn’t very bad, the bleeding should stop in a few minutes. Then you’ll want to clean the wound, using warm water and a gentle soap.

You might want to get your mom, dad, or another adult to help you get cleaned up, especially if the water doesn’t get all the dirt or gravel out of the wound. A soft, damp cloth can help remove these bits.

Most small cuts, scrapes, or abrasions will heal well without any special care. For extra protection, your parent might use an antibacterial (say: an-tye-bak-TEER-ee-ul) ointment or a bandage. The ointment will kill germs and a bandage will keep your wound from getting irritated and prevent germs from getting inside. If you use a bandage, it should be changed daily and when it gets wet or dirty.

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