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A wound is a break in the skin caused by a
laceration (cut), abrasion (scrape), puncture, blister or incision
(opening made during surgery or a medical procedure). Some wounds
need stitches or glue to close them.
Caring for your child's wound is important to
promote healing, avoid infection and minimise scarring. There are a
number of things you can do to help your child's wound heal and
Different types of wounds require different dressing products
and care. Your doctor or nurse will provide specific instructions
and discuss a home dressing management plan.
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If your child has been admitted into hospital
they may come home with unhealed areas that still require dressing
changes. You will be instructed how to change dressings before you
leave hospital. If your child's dressing is complicated you will be
given a Specialist Clinics appointment, have nurse visits
organised or be asked to visit your local doctor.
Dressing changes should take place in a clean
area of your home. Whoever is doing the dressing change should:
All wounds are potentially at risk of
developing an infection. It is important to recognise the signs of
wound infection as early as possible:
If any of the above symptoms occur please
contact your local doctor, treating doctor or nurse at The Royal
Children's Hospital as soon as possible.
Depending on your child's condition, the
treatment received, where you live and whether you are a private or
public patient; an appointment will be made for your child to
either attend our Specialist Clinics, visit a private consultant,
or a referral will be sent to your local doctor for follow up.
Some patients with more complex wounds may be
referred to our Hospital in the Home program and receive
home visits from an RCH@Home nurse.
Developed by The Royal Children's
Hospital Nursing Services, in consultation with
Dermatology, Divison of Medicine and Division of
Surgery. First published: May 2012