Injuries & Accidents

Find out how to handle injuries and accidents in the toddler years.

Questions & Answers

When does a cut need stitches?

If a cut is too severe to treat at home then it is important to take your child to A&E or to your GP as stitches may be required. Go straight to the A&E if the cut is to an artery or if the bleeding will not stop.
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When should I call a doctor for a wound?

The wound should heal itself in a few days. If the wound is painful, you can take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
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What is the best way to treat my child's cut or scrape?

Generally speaking, most cuts and grazes are minor and can be easily treated at home.
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How can I treat a minor burn?

There are lots of different dressings for minor burns and scalds. There is no particular dressing that works better than others, the important thing is to keep your burn clean and covered with a dressing.
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How can I tell if a burn is serious and needs medical care?

The severity of a burn is determined by a healthcare professional based on how badly the skin is damaged.
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What should I do if my child gets burned?

A child’s skin is thinner and more sensitive than that of an adult so a burn can be more serious.
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How do I treat my child's bee sting?

Although a bee sting can be painful, it is usually fairly harmless.
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