Take your child to hospital right away if:
• Your toddler’s wound will not stop bleeding after applying pressure for about ten minutes
• The object that caused the wound is rusty or dirty
• The wound is bite from another child or an animal
In addition to stitches, the doctor may give your child an antibiotic to prevent infection.
Make sure that you keep the stitches clean and dry for a few days, then clean with warm water and soap. You may also be able to use an antibiotic cream if the doctor agrees.
Finally, watch for signs that the stitches have become infected such as a red streak, redness around the stitches, pain, fever, and swollen glands. If any of these are present, take your child back to the doctor for a follow up.