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Is My Child’s Cut Infected?

 

If your child has a cut,  this article can help you determine whether he/she requires stitches or staples.

 

Here are some indicators that your child’s cut may be infected. If you notice any of these signs, you should see your child’s doctor immediately:

 

  • A pimple or yellow crust has formed on the wound.
  • The scab has increased in size.
  • Increasing redness occurs around the wound.
  • A red streak is spreading from the wound.
  • The wound has become very tender and painful.
  • Pain or swelling is increasing 48 hours after the wound occurred.
  • The lymph node draining that area of skin is large and tender.
  • A fever occurs.
  • The wound hasn’t healed within 10-14 days after the injury.

 

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“My daughter and I visited the Orchard Park Road location of Immediate Care on Saturday evening.  I don’t know if I will receive a questionnaire to tell you this, but we had a really great experience at this facility.  This location is so well run!  We were greeted at the door by a very cheerful person (so sorry I do not remember her name).  She gave us all of the information we needed and set expectations to what our wait time might be so that we had enough time to fill out our paperwork in the car. 

Our nurse, Michelle, kept in contact with us to let us know when we would be allowed to enter the building for our tests.  Michelle was very thorough in her questions.  She took our vitals, and the test was administered quickly, and as painlessly as humanly possible.  Our doctor, Katie, arrived several minutes later to ensure we understood everything about the testing procedures.  In such a stressful time, everyone at this facility was patient, pleasant and very thorough.

Our wait time to enter the building was just over an hour, as expected.  Given the numbers in Erie County, it could have been so much longer.  Please thank your team for making this process so easy and efficient.  These are difficult times.  We could all use more compliments and fewer complaints.”

November 16, 2020