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Can anyone tell me if we need to go to a&e or not?

(71 Posts)
VivaLeThrustBadger Sat 28-Sep-13 19:52:24

Gut instinct says no but its not my kid so am fretting slightly more than if my child.

One of dd's friends has fallen in our garden and cut the back of her head. Right in the hair so can't steri strip it. It's about an inch long, about 2mm deep and gaping about 2-3mm.

Bit of blood, but has stopped bleeding. I've washed it and put antiseptic on it. Child says it doesn't hurt, she doesn't have a headache, doesn't feel sick, didnt loose consciousness. She says she doesn't feel she needs a Dr. She's 13 and probably thinks I'm fussing. grin

She's staying here all night.

halfwayupthehill Sat 28-Sep-13 19:58:28

You shd speak to her parents and get them to collect her now. Iut's probably fine, but just in case.

PerilousStiletto Sat 28-Sep-13 20:00:28

Treat her exactly as you would your DD, but inform her parents now, just to let them know - that would be my advice.

girliefriend Sat 28-Sep-13 20:01:26

Ring her parents, their call not yours. A & E would probably glue a wound like this closed.

Bearandcub Sat 28-Sep-13 20:01:50

She probably doesn't need A&E but I agree it's her parents' decision. Call them and ask.

TeWiSavesTheDay Sat 28-Sep-13 20:03:26

I would tell her parents and let them decide.

It's probably okay though.

MissStrawberry Sat 28-Sep-13 20:03:37

Yes, you must tell her parents.

sewingandcakes Sat 28-Sep-13 20:08:27

Is there a minor injuries unit near you? You should definitely let the parents know.

MrsCakesPremonition Sat 28-Sep-13 20:08:55

Tell her parents.
My DS had a similar size cut on his head and ended up getting it glued at A&E, but he was only 3yo at the time.

itried Sat 28-Sep-13 20:09:49

She sounds ok but call her parents and let them decide. If I was her mother I would come and have a look to reassure everyone.

mylovelymonster Sat 28-Sep-13 20:11:14

Let her parents know - superglue at A&E might be warranted.

BellaVita Sat 28-Sep-13 20:13:09

I think you need to call her parents and let them make the decision tbh.

mineofuselessinformation Sat 28-Sep-13 20:21:12

I agree with a pp that it sounds like it needs to be glued. In your shoes, I would call the parents.

VivaLeThrustBadger Sat 28-Sep-13 20:46:05

We're at hospital. Waiting. Think it might be a long wait.

VivaLeThrustBadger Sat 28-Sep-13 20:51:53

Nurse has said it needs glueing. Approximately two hour wait.

MissStrawberry Sat 28-Sep-13 20:56:45

2 hours is pretty damn quick for a Saturday night.

VivaLeThrustBadger Sat 28-Sep-13 21:01:04

It's not bad I guess. I just told the girl it could have been a four hour wait. Suppose it may be yet. Seats are uncomfortable.

UriGeller Sat 28-Sep-13 21:10:16

Just been through this with ds. Doc said we were right to bring him in because of the infection risk. They cleaned it up nicely with saline, got all the blood out of his hair and glued the wound. Lucky boy gets out of having his hair washed for a week.

MissStrawberry Sat 28-Sep-13 21:12:54

I don't suppose the NHS has money for comfy sofas.

VivaLeThrustBadger Sat 28-Sep-13 21:33:46

No, I know. It's fine, am just slightly grumpy as I have a slipped disc. I'm a big fan of the NHS, they pay my wages for one thing!

Can't believe the number of people spinning a line to the receptionist to try and get seen quicker. Amazing how many people are starting work in an hour or need to get home to look after a disabled relative.

GladbagsGold Sat 28-Sep-13 21:35:44

Ouch, re. head and re. slipped disc. Lay on the floor and do your back exercises. That'll get you seen quicker than any imaginary disabled relative!

CecyHall Sat 28-Sep-13 21:39:36

Are her parents a long way away? I can't imagine letting someone else's mum sit for hours in a&e with my child!

girliefriend Sat 28-Sep-13 21:45:08

Yes where are the girls parents?!

FishfingersAreOK Sat 28-Sep-13 21:45:12

You will be glad you took her - even though it a PITA. The reassurance it has been dealt with by professionals means you can never look back and say "I wish I had". If your DC you could deal with that - with someone else's <shudders>. Hope she is OK/seen/fixed soon - and that your disc is not too painful.

Have brew and cake

Ruprekt Sat 28-Sep-13 21:47:26

Am shockshockshock Where are the parents?

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