How to Care for Stitches
If your child recently got stitches, you will want to be sure you know how to care for stitches properly before they are removed.
In most cases, you’ll receive aftercare instructions when your child has stitches but we recommend referring to the general guidelines we have outlined below.
- Keep the wound bandaged.
- Keep dry for 24 hours.
- Wash around the wound twice daily until sutures are removed.
- Avoid using peroxide or alcohol to clean the wound.
- Cover with petroleum jelly to keep the area moist.
- Avoid direct exposure to sunlight to limit scarring.
- Apply Vitamin E oil to the wound after sutures are removed to fight to scar.
It is normal for stitches or staples to cause mild redness around the area of the wound, and a little pain in the area is also no cause for alarm. It is important to monitor your child’s stitches to make sure irritation, pain and inflammation are minor and are not indicators of infection though.
Pediatric Urgent Care of Northern Colorado is equipped to handle nearly all wounds that involve bleeding. We recommend visiting urgent care instead of the emergency room to save wait times and avoid ER-related copays for stitches.
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