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Laceration in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is a laceration?

A laceration is an injury to your child's skin and the soft tissue underneath it.

What are the signs and symptoms of a laceration?

How is a laceration diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will examine the laceration. Tell the provider how your child got the laceration. An x-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan may be done to check for foreign objects in the wound. Foreign objects include metal, gravel, and glass. The tests may also show damage to deeper tissues. Your child may be given contrast liquid to help the injured area show up better in the pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if your child has ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid.

How will my child's laceration be treated?

The treatment your child will need depends on how large and deep the laceration is, and where it is located. It also depends on whether your child has damage to deeper tissues. Your child may need any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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