Conditions + Treatments

Abrasion in Children

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What is an abrasion?

An abrasion is a superficial rub or wearing off of the skin, usually caused by a scrape or a brush burn. Abrasions are usually minor injuries that you can treat at home.

When should I call my child's physician?

In general, call your child's physician for abrasions that:

  • are located close to the eye or on the face
  • are embedded with debris such as dirt, stones or gravel
  • show signs of infection such as increased warmth, redness, swelling or drainage
  • cover a large area of the body (such as the chest or back or an entire limb)
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