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Published on Feb 7, 2014
Watch as Parents Magazine explains these baby care basics! If your baby gets a cut, you may be able to treat it yourself with first aid. Minor cuts require washing, patting dry, and some antibacterial ointment. Depending on the location, you may also apply a loose bandage to keep the cut clean. If the gash is large with heavy bleeding, apply firm, steady pressure with a clean cloth or bandage. If blood soaks through the bandage, just keep adding bandages on top of the old ones. If the bleeding doesn't stop in five minutes, get him to a doctor. The same applies for ragged, deep, or long cuts. If the cut is caused by an animal, a puncture, or has embedded dirt or gravel, a doctor's care is needed. Stitches can only be done in the emergency room, and they can't be done after more than eight hours have passed from your child getting cut. Keeping a well-stocked first aid kit at home can assist you in a time like this. First aid supplies should include the basics, but keep an extra safety kit in your car. Taking a course in CPR can also help you learn how to aid a choking baby--an important skill in an emergency!
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