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Scraped face

(16 Posts)
Firstaidnovice Fri 17-Mar-17 13:46:00

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....

Sirzy Fri 17-Mar-17 13:49:17

Will she hold something over the bit that is bleeding herself to see if the pressure will stop the bleeding?

HeyRoly Fri 17-Mar-17 13:51:02

Head wounds are tricky because they bleed a lot.

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.

RiverdaleJughead Fri 17-Mar-17 13:55:47

jesus that looks painful .. personally i'd take her to A&E incase anything scars - they also look like they could get v easily infected so id want them to check it out x

RB68 Fri 17-Mar-17 14:06:33

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.

Floggingmolly Fri 17-Mar-17 14:10:27

Poor thing sad. I'd also go to A & E; just to be safe.

Firstaidnovice Fri 17-Mar-17 15:02:36

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...

cauliwobbles Fri 17-Mar-17 15:16:14

She's not going to bleed to death, with pressure the bleeding will stop. Take her to the pharmacy or see if you can get a doctors appointment this really isn't what A&E is for.

cauliwobbles Fri 17-Mar-17 15:18:29

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!)

Good luck.

Sorry again for not expanding photo!

Floggingmolly Fri 17-Mar-17 15:19:10

It's a 4 year old with a head injury, cauli, it's exactly what A&E is for hmm

cauliwobbles Fri 17-Mar-17 15:22:27

As I said I couldn't expend photo on phone and only saw graze but did on iPad and said to go to A&E.

Floggingmolly Fri 17-Mar-17 15:23:05

X post, then 🙂

TinklyLittleLaugh Fri 17-Mar-17 15:26:35

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.

Twopeapods Sat 18-Mar-17 14:48:46

How is she today?
Did you have to get glue on it? Poor thing sad

Firstaidnovice Sat 18-Mar-17 16:58:44

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 shock

Twopeapods Sat 18-Mar-17 19:19:19

Aaah it's good she didn't need anything done. Her eye does look a little swollen in the picture.
If she's anything like mine she'll be playing on it! Glad she's ok.

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