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How to Cope with Bleeding in Children

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  • With cuts and other injuries which cause bleeding there are two words to remember – pressure and elevation.
  • You can stop virtually any bleeding by raising the affected part of the body (above the level of the heart, if possible) and applying pressure with a pad made out of cloth – a piece of clothing or a tea towel.
  • In any case of severe bleeding or haemorrhage keep pressing firmly on the bleeding area if
    necessary until you can get help from a doctor or ambulance staff.

Small cuts and grazes
Thoroughly clean the wound and apply a dressing such as Elastoplast. Continue to apply some pressure to stop the bleeding as long as there is no glass in the cut. The face, scalp and hands have a very good blood supply so you may need to apply pressure for 15 minutes or more.

Larger cuts
If you think the wound will need stitching take the child to your nearest casualty department or, in the case of rural areas, to your doctor’s surgery. Casualty staff may use stitches, steristrips (paper stitches) or surgical glue, but may avoid stitching fingers if they think the injury will continue to swell whereupon the stitches would hamper the blood supply. In cases where a sharp object has punctured the skin don’t attempt to remove it. This will be done in hospital where severe bleeding can be properly treated.

This article is a guide only – please seek advice from your medical advisor in all cases.

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