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First Aid Kit or ER? Determining if a Cut Needs Stitches

July 15, 20159 min
If your child gets hurt, how do you know if you should go to the ER or if a first aid kit will suffice?Accidents happen all the time, but how can you determine if you're dealing with a simple first aid kit fix or a trip to the ER?It seems children are always in need of first aid; relieving pain and preventing infections are a huge priority.So, when should you use your at home first aid kit, and when should you seek professional care?Elizabeth Murray, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss whether you should go to the ER or use your first aid kit for cuts, burns, scratches, and other injuries.

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