What is a cut?
While preparing dinner, repairing things, or gardening, cuts can happen to all of us. A cut is an opening in the skin caused by a sharp object like a knife, a work tool or even a piece of paper. A cut may penetrate deep into the skin, which could lead to strong bleeding and leave a scar.
How to stop the bleeding
Treat cuts with 3 easy steps
How long does a cut take to heal?
When to see a doctor? When does a cut need stitches?
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I recognise signs of infection?
- Typical signs of an infection are redness, warmth, pain, swelling of the wound and occurrence of pus. Also, a fever may be a sign of an infection. If any of these symptoms appear or if the wound seems to heal particularly slowly, seek medical attention.
- How can I prevent a wound infection?
- Follow the ‘Cleanse. Protect. Heal.’ steps above, making sure that you clean the cut well and cover it while it’s healing. Also, remember not to pick off a scab. This could reopen the wound and introduce bacteria.
- Can even small cuts get infected?
- Yes. Any open wound can be prone to infections if it is not treated well and not protected from new dirt and bacteria. So, make sure to treat every size of wound properly.
How to handle children’s cuts
Children can be particularly anxious when they cut themselves. Here’s how to care for little people’s cuts:
- Reassure. Stay calm and reassure the child that everything will be fine.
- Distract. Take their mind off the pain with a toy, treat or interesting thing to look at.
- Make treatment exciting. For example, use a colourful kid’s plaster with their favourite Disney character on it.
- Minimise pain. When cleansing the wound, apply a wound spray without alcohol or iodine, so it doesn’t burn.
- Prevent. Help children avoid cuts by providing them with age-appropriate scissors and knives and restrict access to sharp objects.