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What should I do if my child has a cut?

If your child has a cut, wash your hands with soap, then clean out the cut with mild soap and cool water, use gentle pressure to stop any bleeding and apply antibacterial ointment and a clean bandage.

If your child’s cut is severe -- the wound is more than a quarter inch deep, the bleeding won’t stop after about 20 minutes or if it was caused by a rusty object -- call your doctor. If the cut is bleeding badly, call 911.

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