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Doctor insights on: Scalp Laceration In Children

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How to deal with a scalp laceration on a child?

How to deal with a scalp laceration on a child?

How deep?: First apply pressure to stop the bleeding and see how deep it is, if it is not deep, cleanse with running water to get any debris out
if you can see layers of tissue under the skin of the laceration you may need stitches or staples to help it heal. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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What is the treatment for scalp laceration?

What is the treatment for scalp laceration?

Staples: Most scalp lacerations can be closed with staples. Some still are repaired with sutures. See a physician. ...Read more

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How to fix a scalp laceration on a two year old?

Depends on the situa: Shallow or short cuts may not need anything more than a good wash out and antibiotic ointment.Deeper cuts that gape open likely need closure. Local instillation of anesthetic followed by staples or sutures is routine, complex deeper lesions may require an anesthetic, a good washout with saline & deep sutures followed by a surfaces closure. Most can be done in a pediatricians office or urgent care ctr. ...Read more

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Does scalp lacerations hurt?

Does scalp lacerations hurt?

Yes, like any cut: Scalp lacerations look worse then they feel. Like any laceration they bleed and are painful. The scalp is very vascular (lots of blood vessels) so it tends to be very bloody. Depending on the depth of the laceration, most of these require surgical repair (done with local anesthetic- so not painful). The scalp tends to always heal beautifully. ...Read more

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Is evacuation of a head laceration scalp hematoma a surgical procedure?

Yes: Technically yes. It is not a huge procedure as it is technically skin deep. But scalp lacerations can bleed a lot and a hematoma in that location could have lots of clots and therefore will requires a thorough evacuation with good lighting and surgical instruments as in a typical or. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a laceration on back of head from car accident to still cause pain 5 years later? Pin point sharp shooting pain and scalp sensitivity

Is it normal for a laceration on back of head from car accident to still cause pain 5 years later? Pin point sharp shooting pain and scalp sensitivity

Foreign Body?: Although anything is possible, it is unlikely that a simple laceration sustained several years ago would still cause discomfort unless contaminated with a piece of glass or debris, or if the laceration involved a nerve which hasn't healed properly. ...Read more

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I had a big scalp and forehead laceration 23 staples and 150 stitches last may, the scar itches and hurts to touch on top of head. Should I worry?

I had a big scalp and forehead laceration 23 staples and 150 stitches last may, the scar itches and hurts to touch on top of head. Should I worry?

No: But see your DR. There may be some retained stitches, which can be irritating. You may need to shampoo more or get a special shampoo or use a prescription solution. ...Read more

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Can children have herpes on their scalp?

Can children have herpes on their scalp?

Yes: Yes they can, particularly in newborns who are infected from vaginal/genital herpes in the mother. Often why c-sections are recommended if mom has active herpes in those locations. ...Read more

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Is it normal for children to have moles on scalp?

Have it checked out: This is not rare but you should have this checked out by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Some of these moles in kids can be concerning and require removal. I hope this information is helpful. ...Read more

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Could a 36 hour old laceration be closed?

Could a 36 hour old laceration be closed?

Not with stitches: After 36 hours ur laceration has to be closed through secondary intention. The time period for the acute stitches have passed. Now it may take longer for the wound to fill in and heal. Make sure to keep the area clean, covered with a dressing and use antibiotic cream to avoid infection. ...Read more

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Is it better to leave lacerations open or covered?

Clean and cover: The laceration should be washed out, cleaned and covered immediately to avoid the would getting infected. ...Read more

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If a person had deep facial lacerations what cranial nerves would be damaged?

If a person had deep facial lacerations what cranial nerves would be damaged?

#7 or #5 typically: A facially laceration that involves a cranial nerve typically effects the facial (cn #7), which is motor to the face, or trigeminal (cn #5), which supplies sensation to the face but also has motor branches to the chewing muscles. If there is involvement of the neck, other nerves can be injured as well. ...Read more

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Why is my laceration reopening after stitch removal?

Why is my laceration reopening after stitch removal?

Thanks for asking!: The placement of sutures deep to the skin surface depends on the location and extent of the injury. Removing the sutures prematurely in an area that is under tension may lead to separation of the edges, even with minor trauma. It takes 3-4 weeks for healing at the skin level usually. ...Read more

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How long are the stitches for the laceration wounds?

How long are the stitches for the laceration wounds?

About 18 cm: The choice of suture material for your laceration is quite large. Usually the doctors choose sutures that are dissolveable/absorbable, so they do not require a second procedure for removal. The sutures are about 18 cm long to accommodate handling by your doctor. More important than the suture is the cleaning, protection and care of your laceration. ...Read more

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What causes a laceration to reopen after having stitches removed?

What causes a laceration to reopen after having stitches removed?

Techniue & Infection: There can be multiple causes here. Infection can cause even well-sutured wounds to re-open. Wounds closed under tension can also fail; more so if not opposed by deep sutures of the right type or if the tension is just too much. In the latter case additional surgery may be required. ...Read more

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If a person had deep face lacerations, what cranial nerves are damaged?

If a person had deep face lacerations, what cranial nerves are damaged?

Number 7: The facial nerve, or cranial nerve vii, is the most frequently damaged cranial nerve during facial traumas involving deep lacerations. A plastic surgeon is an expert at facial injuries. ...Read more

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How is a cervical laceration treated?

How is a cervical laceration treated?

A gynecologist: I would recommend checking in with your gynecologist. I am not sure of the etiology of the laceration but someone who specializes in this area should see you. ...Read more

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How would I know if I need a tetanus shot if I have a laceration?

How would I know if I need a tetanus shot if I have a laceration?

Depends: For those who completed the primary tetanus series & have had a booster within 10 years, cleaning of a simple fresh wound & proper closure would be ok. If a dirty wound, soil or rocks etc. > 5y from last booster would leave you at some risk. If the primary series was never complete or you are past the protected zone, a booster and infiltration of the wound with antitoxin might be needed. ...Read more

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If a person had face lacerations what cranial nerve would be damaged?

If a person had face lacerations what cranial nerve would be damaged?

Facial or Trigeminal: You can easily have injury to the facial or trigeminal nerve with facial lacerations. Other cranial nerves can also be involved, though these are the cutaneous nerves, and more easily damaged with superficial injuries. ...Read more

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How can I treat finger laceration?

How can I treat finger laceration?

Cleanse: If simple, shallow, cleanse wound and cover with dry dressing. If gapped may use a steristrip to approximate. If deep or long, over a joint, any change in sensation, a bite laceration, dirty mechanism or any impraired range of motion see a surgeon. Be sure you are up to date on tetanus immunization. ...Read more

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Laceration still bruised months later?

Laceration still bruised months later?

Red or bruised?: It is very normal for a scar to remain red (hyperemic) for several months or even years after an injury. However it is abnormal to remain bruised and may suggest a vascular malformation or hematoma or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or hemosiderosis. You may want to discuss with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How to treat a 1/2" laceration to the arm?

How to treat a 1/2" laceration to the arm?

Sutures: If. The wound is deep and bleeding it will require sutures. If it is superficial, steristrips can be helpful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of liver laceration?

What are the symptoms of liver laceration?

See below: Pain is the most common symptom. This is due to bleeding. If the live capsule is intact the bleeding will be contained in the liver and the pain will be focused in the right upper abdomen. If the capsule is torn the bleeding will be throughout the abdomen and the pain will be more diffuse. Other symptoms could be fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, pale skin, blacking out, decreased urine. ...Read more

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How long for level 5 liver laceration to heal?

How long for level 5 liver laceration to heal?

Several weeks: A grade v liver laceration is severe. It will take several weeks to heal. Not only is the liver lacerated but you may have blood loss and it will take time to recover from other injuries. Start slow and build each day. If you over do it you will notice the next day. If you are taking narcotics for pain then use colace (docusate sodium) and senna. Be well. ...Read more