DD (4) has just been sent home from school after falling over in the playground. Her face is a bit of a state, but she won't let me touch it, and she's adamant she doesn't want to go to the doctors. Most is graze, but the top cut, although tiny, won't stop bleeding (it's about an hour and 25 minutes since she fell). I have no real idea what to do for the best, it's all cleaned, just leave it? Can you buy steristrip at chemists? Does it need minor injuries? My first aid training is all at the choking/CPR end of the spectrum, and faced with cuts and grazes I'm not sure what the best advice is....
I'd get that checked out at A&E/minor injuries if you have one, purely for the cut that won't stop bleeding. She's four and she doesn't get to decide whether she sees a doctor or not. It might need glue or steri strips. I don't think you should try to close the wound yourself.
It needs a good clean if nothing else, I would dose her up with calpol and go to A&E now to get it seen to, schools not out yet so fewer people there now rather than at tea time and if they have any sense the triage nurse will sort for you and if it does need attention you are in the right place.
Thanks all. We're waiting at minor injuries. Still bleeding, but she's full of beans. I'm usually the overreacter, and DP very far the other way, but he told me to get it checked out too, so I headed straight out...
Sorry stupid phone only shows eye bit! iPad shows top bit and yes but d go to A&E. DD did split her head like that and they stuck it together (then she did the other side and had to have a GA and stitches!)
It looks sore. My DD came off a skateboard and slid along on her face when she was about seven. She had some scarring but after a few years it totally faded. Try not to worry if it looks bad for a while.
She's fine, thanks for asking. They were very nice at minor injuries, but it didn't need any intervention. They even recommend against antiseptic these days. It's all dried out, it just looks like horrendous road rash, and her eye is swollen half shut. Very conscious that we're not going to be able to speak harshly to her at all in public with her face like that in case we get reported to social services - she looks a bit like an NSPCC as, poor love