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Pediatric Lacerations (Minor Trauma)

A laceration is tear or opening in the skin caused by an injury. Lacerations may be small and need only minor treatment at home, or may be large enough to require emergency medical care.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What are stitches?

What are Steri-Strips?

How do I know if my child's cut needs stitches?

How can I perform first-aid for my child's lacerations that require stitches?

When should I call my child's physician?

What is the treatment for lacerations in children?

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Dermatology Treatment at Children's National Hospital

The pediatric specialists at Children's National Hospital have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage conditions of the skin, nails and hair common in infant and younger patients. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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Providers Who Treat Lacerations (Minor Trauma)


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Departments that Treat Lacerations (Minor Trauma)

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Trauma Care

Children's National has the only Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in the Washington, D.C., area and accepts trauma patients from all geographic areas. We partner with the Maryland Shock Trauma System to provide coverage in Montgomery, Prince George's County, St. Mary's, Calvert and Charles counties.

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The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.