Everybody gets cuts, and some cuts are bigger than others. That's why a lot of kids need stitches at one time or another — usually on their face, chin, hands, or feet. Stitches aren't for scratches. They're for bigger cuts that probably wouldn't heal well on their own. You might take a fall and hit your head or step on something sharp — ouch! Or you might have surgery and get an incision, a cut a doctor makes.
A more recent article on laceration repair is available. Patient information: See related handout on taking care of healing cuts , written by the author of this article. Skin laceration repair is an important skill in family medicine. Sutures, tissue adhesives, staples, and skin-closure tapes are options in the outpatient setting. Physicians should be familiar with various suturing techniques, including simple, running, and half-buried mattress corner sutures. Although suturing is the preferred method for laceration repair, tissue adhesives are similar in patient satisfaction, infection rates, and scarring risk in low skin-tension areas and may be more cost-effective.
They are made of special materials that can remain in the body for an extended period of time. You are probably familiar with standard sutures, also known as stitches. The most common of sutures are the type you may have received when you had a deep cut on your finger or a similar injury.
It is almost impossible for a curious and active child to avoid some scrapes and cuts. And…while a kiss from mom or dad and some TLC is often all that is needed, it sometimes takes a little more know-how to help wounds heal properly. The following FAQs will help you prevent serious bleeding and other problems such as scarring when your child gets a cut. Almost all active bleeding can be stopped by applying direct pressure with clean gauze or cloth over the site for five or ten minutes.