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What should I do if my child is bleeding badly?

Stop any bleeding by applying pressure on the wound. Remember to keep holding it (don’t peek)! Every time you relieve the pressure, the bleeding will restart. So hold on and apply pressure for at least ten minutes. (Be prepared: Scalp and tongue wounds are especially bloody, so try not to overreact. Follow the same steps for these wounds.)

From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents

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