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Cuts and Wounds of the External Ear

Children may get minor cuts, wounds, and lacerations to the external (outer part) ear while playing, climbing, or during sports activities.Most of these injuries can be handled at home with simple first-aid treatment.

First-aid for superficial cuts and wounds:

When should I call my child's physician?

Specific treatment for cuts and wounds of the ear that require more than minor treatment at home will be determined by your child's physician. In general, call your child's physician for cuts and wounds of the ear that are:

Also call your child's physician if:

Preventing ear injuries:

The following are a few guidelines to help prevent ear injuries in children:

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Online Resources of Common Childhood Injuries & Poisonings


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