Cuts & Scrapes

Minor cuts and Scrapes

Act Fast: 

  • If there's bleeding, first press firmly over the site with a clean cloth until it stops, anywhere from 3 to 15 minutes.

  • Clean under lukewarm running water and gently pat dry.

  • When a wound is dirty or was caused by an animal scratch, rinse it with water and gently lather with soap.

  • For grazes or shallow cuts apply a thin layer of an over-the-counter antibacterial ointment (like Savlon or Germoline), then cover with a bandage or gauze and adhesive tape.

  • If you can't control the bleeding after several attempts with direct pressure, call your Doctor or 999, or head to an A & E.

  • If a large piece of skin has been removed, wrap it in a clean, moist cloth and place it in a bag over ice -- a doctor may be able to reattach it.

  • Any animal bite that has caused a deep cut should be seen by a doctor.



Follow-Up Care: 


  • Dab on the antibacterial ointment and apply a new bandage daily (or twice daily, if it's a large or deep wound) until the cut heals, so your child can't pick at it.

  • If it appears to be forming or draining pus or becomes swollen, tender, or red, see a doctor right away to treat the infection. After the wound heals, put on SPF 30 until it starts to fade, because newly healed skin can sunburn more easily, making any eventual scar more noticeable.

All course information can be found on this site. Alternatively call us on: 0333 444 9940

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