Conditions + Treatments

Puncture Wounds in Children

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What is a puncture wound?

It is common for children to have puncture wounds. A puncture wound is a deep wound made by a sharp object such as a nail or a jagged piece of metal or wood. Puncture wounds may be small in and not seem serious; however, they do require treatment by a doctor. Puncture wounds may become infected easily because dirt and germs are carried deep into the tissues, so it's important to have your child see a physician for any puncture wound.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches puncture wounds

The Injury Prevention Program at Children's is committed to decreasing the incidence of pediatric injuries, including puncture wounds, through community-based education efforts, distributing safety materials and conducting research into what works best.

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