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Instruction for Home Care of Steri-strips

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about the home care of a wound (break or cut in the skin) with steri-strips. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to explain any information you do not understand.

The following instructions will help you take care of your child’s steristripped wound.
1. Your child’s wound has been closed with steri-strips to help it heal and prevent infection.
2. The steri-strips may or may not be covered with a bandage. You may take off the bandage tomorrow. Look at the wound for signs of infection listed below.
3. Try to keep the steri-strips dry for the next three days.
4. After the third day, you may bathe your child as usual.
5. The steri-strips will begin to peel off after several days. It is okay to let the strips peel off. If the steri-strips peel off and the edges of the wound do not stay together, call your doctor.
6. Do not remove steri-strips that are still stuck to the area. They will fall off in time.

If you see these signs of infection, call your doctor. If you are unable to reach your doctor, return to the emergency department.
1. Swelling (puffiness) of the skin around the wound
2. Increased redness around the wound
3. Increased pain in the area of the wound
4. Fever
5. The area around the wound feels hot to touch
6. Drainage from the wound
7. Unusual or bad smell from the wound


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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 2000, 2003

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 2000, 2003


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