Dressing Change (Child)

Your child has been given a dressing (bandage) to cover a wound. This sheet explains how and when to change the bandage.

Home care

  • Leave the bandage in place for the first 24 hours. If the bandage becomes wet or dirty during this time, replace it.

  • After the first 24 hours, replace the bandage once a day or when it becomes wet or dirty.

  • Clean the wound once a day using the following steps:

    • Remove the bandage and gently wash the area with mild soap and water. Use a wet cotton swab to loosen and remove any blood or crust that forms on the wound.

    • Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment.

    • Apply a new bandage.

  • Your child may shower as usual after the first 24 hours. If the bandage is on your child’s arm or leg, cover it with a plastic bag. Hold the bag closed with duct or package tape. Don't tape the bag to the skin.

  • Keep your child from taking tub baths or swimming until the bandage is removed and the wound healed. This will be at least 7 days.

When to seek medical advice

Call your child's healthcare provider right away if any signs of infection occur:

  • Fever

  • Worsening redness, swelling, or discharge

  • Pain at the site of the wound

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