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Abrasion in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is an abrasion?

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.

How can I care for my child's abrasion?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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