Care of the sutured (stitches) or glued wound
If your child has had a cut they may require the wound to be either sutured (stitched) or glued back together. Below provides information on how to care for your child’s wound at home.
Why does the wound need to be closed?
Where the wound edges can be pushed back together easily, it is advantageous to close the wound to aid healing. Depending on the location and depth of the cut, steristrips (thin plasters), glue, dissolvable stitches’ or stitches’ that need to be removed will be used.
The exception is where the wound had been caused by an animal bite or is more than 12-24 hours old. These wounds have an increased risk of infection and typically have alternate wound dressing.
How should I care for the wound at home?
For glued wounds:
For dissolvable stitches:
For non-dissolvable stitches:
If your child has any of the following contact your GP or 111 for advise: