If NOT, try one of these:


Symptoms of Wound Infections

When to Call for Wound Infection

Call 911 Now

  • Not moving or too weak to stand
  • You think your child has a life-threatening emergency

Call Doctor Now or Go to ER

  • Fever occurs
  • Red streak runs from the wound
  • Spreading redness around the wound
  • Severe pain in the wound
  • Any face wound with signs of infection
  • No past tetanus shots
  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

  • Pus or cloudy discharge from the wound
  • Wound gets more painful or tender after 2 days (48 hours)
  • No tetanus shot in more than 5 years
  • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Call Doctor During Office Hours

  • Pimple where a stitch comes through the skin
  • You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

  • Mild redness of wound

Call 911 Now

Call Doctor Now or Go to ER

Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

Call Doctor During Office Hours

Self Care at Home


Care Advice for Mild Redness of Wound

  1. What You Should Know About Normal Healing:
  2. Warm Soaks or Warm Wet Cloth:
  3. Antibiotic Ointment:
  4. Pain Medicine:
  5. Fever Medicine:
  6. What to Expect:
  7. Return to School:
  8. Call Your Doctor If:

And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.


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Wound Infection - Suture Site

There is a pimple where a stitch comes through the skin. The pimple suggests a low-grade infection.

Impetigo of Elbow

The photo shows an abrasion of elbow that has become infected with bacteria.

Lymphangitis - Left Forearm

If you look closely at this photo, you should be able to see a red streak (lymphangitis) spreading from the hand wound up into the arm.

The presence of lymphangitis means that there is an infection that needs urgent antibiotic treatment. Admission to the hospital is sometimes required.