Cuts are common occurrences in children and adolescents.

Parents worry about controlling the bleeding and preventing an infection.

Scratches are injuries to the surface of the skin only. There is usually little bleeding or the bleeding is quickly controlled by pressure with a clean dressing. Clean the wound with soap and water or use Betadine or a similar antiseptic solution. Using over-the-counter antibacterial ointments is optional.

Lacerations or deep cuts are more difficult to treat without my assistance. Bleeding that cannot be controlled with simple pressure may need to be stitched. Irregular wounds or longer or deeper wounds showing the fatty underlying layer need suturing. If the wound is in an exposed area of the skin, suturing may improve the future cosmetic appearance.