Cuts and Scrapes

Pediatric Urgent Care located in Corona, NY

Cuts and Scrapes
Cuts and Scrapes

All kids develop cuts and scrapes as they move through the phases of childhood. For those residing in and around Corona, New York, Jonathan Valencia, MD, FAAP, DABOM, of Valencia Health Pediatric Urgent Care offers compassionate treatment for these common injuries. Call to see if a same-day visit is an option, and remember that online booking is always available for less time-sensitive scheduling needs. 

Cuts and Scrapes Q&A

What are some common causes of cuts and scrapes?

A cut, also called a laceration, is a type of injury that damages the structural integrity of a child’s skin. Cuts can be as minor as a simple paper cut or more complex, like when a child is injured by broken glass or sharp metal. 

Scrapes also damage the skin but do not fully penetrate into the deeper layers. A skinned knee is a common example of a scrape, as is a rug burn that develops when kids are wrestling or playing indoors. 

Some of the more common causes of pediatric cuts and scrapes include:

  • Broken glass
  • Stepping on shells or other sharp objects
  • Accidents while preparing food
  • Falling off a bike
  • Trip-and-fall accidents

There is no way to fully protect against childhood injuries like cuts and scrapes. 

How are cuts and scrapes medically treated?

At-home care begins with thoroughly cleaning the wound and applying petroleum jelly or an antibacterial ointment before bandaging the skin. Minor cuts and scrapes, as well as minor burns, can often be effectively treated through these simple measures. Be sure to change the bandaging and clean the area frequently as healing moves forward. 

For lacerations, scrapes, or burns that extend into the deeper layers of skin or those that do not seem to begin healing right away, professional care is important. Your practitioner will clean the area completely, which reduces the risk of infection. If a laceration requires suturing or the use of medical glue, every effort is made to minimize scarring. 

Burns can be particularly challenging to treat. This leaves kids at risk of serious infection, and burns can also be incredibly painful. Your pediatric care provider treats wounds as painlessly as possible and can instruct you on proper at-home care. 

What steps can I take to reduce my child’s risk of cuts and scrapes?

Begin by assessing your living environment. Removing breakable items can prevent many cuts, and limiting access to kitchen knives and other tools is also helpful. As kids get older, teach them how to properly use kitchen and household tools. 

Kids who play sports or engage in activities like skating or bike riding should always wear the proper protective gear. Knee pads and helmets can prevent many injuries, especially scrapes. 

If you need to secure treatment for cuts and scrapes, reach out to Valencia Health Pediatric Urgent Care online or over the phone.