Summer Ouch Guide
How to treat: Gently press the wound with a paper towel or a cloth to stop the bleeding. Wash it with plain soap and running water to flush out dirt and debris. Then apply antibacterial ointment (such as Neosporin or bacitracin) and cover the area with a bandage. Repeat the treatment with a fresh bandage at least twice a day -- especially if the cut's on the hands, feet, or any other spot that can get dirty, which increases the possibility of infection.
Call the doctor if: bleeding persists or gets heavier after an hour, or if the wound is gaping and skin has been torn away -- all signs your child may need stitches. Also call if the area becomes red or swollen (indicators that it's infected).