Open Wound, Head

An open wound is a break in the skin because of an injury. An open wound can be a scrape, cut, or puncture to the skin. Good wound care will help to:

  • ExitCare ImageReduce pain.

  • Prevent infection.

  • Reduce scaring.

HOME CARE

  • Wash all dirt off the wound.

  • Clean your wound daily with gentle soap and water.

  • Wash your hair as you normally do.

  • Apply medicated cream after the wound has been cleaned as told by your doctor.

  • Apply a clean bandage (dressing) daily if needed.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • There is increased redness or puffiness (swelling) in or around the wound.

  • Your pain increases.

  • You or your child has a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your baby is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

  • A yellowish white fluid (pus) comes from the wound.

  • Your pain is not controlled with pain medicine.

  • There is red streaking of the skin that goes above or below the wound.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.