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Puncture Wounds in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is a puncture wound?

A puncture wound is a hole in your child's skin made by a sharp, pointed object. The area may be bruised or swollen. Your child may have bleeding, pain, or trouble moving the affected area.

Puncture Wound

How is a puncture wound diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will examine your child's injury and look for signs and symptoms of infection. He or she will also check how well your child can move the injured area and ask about numbness. Tell your child's provider how and when your child was injured, especially if it was an animal bite.

How is a puncture wound treated?

Treatment depends on how severe the wound is and when the injury happened. Your child may need any of the following:

How can I manage my child's symptoms?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

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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