Abrasion in Children
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.
An abrasion is a wound on your child's skin. Abrasions usually happen when his or her skin rubs against a rough surface. Examples of an abrasion include rug burn, a skinned elbow, or road rash. Abrasions can be deep or shallow. The wound may hurt, bleed, bruise, or swell.
Return to the emergency department if:
- The bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of firm pressure.
- The redness around your child's wound begins to spread.
- You cannot rinse one or more foreign objects out of your child's wound.
Call your child's doctor if:
- Your child has a fever or chills.
- Your child's abrasion is red, warm, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Care for your child's abrasion:
- Wash your hands and dry them with a clean towel first.
- Press a clean cloth against your child's wound for 5 to 10 minutes to stop any bleeding.
- Rinse your child's wound with clean water. Do not use harsh soap, alcohol, or iodine solutions.
- Use a clean, wet cloth to remove any objects, such as small pieces of rocks or dirt.
- Rub antibiotic ointment on your child's wound. This may help prevent infection and help your child's wound heal.
- Cover the wound with a non-stick bandage. Change the bandage daily, and if it gets wet or dirty.
Follow up with your child's doctor as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.
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