How to treat an injured bleeding baby
There are many situations that might lead to your baby cutting
themselves as they are crawling around the home or outdoors. Make
sure you know what to do if they get hurt. Read the advice below to
find out how to treat your baby’s minor cuts and grazes, and more
Cuts and grazes
Cuts and grazes are very common in children. A cut is when the
skin is fully broken and a graze is when the top layers of skin are
1. Clean any small cuts and grazes under cold water or with
2. Pat the area dry and cover it with a sterile gauze or a clean
non-fluffy cloth, like a clean tea towel.
3. Remove the cloth or gauze and apply a sterile dressing or
4. If you think that your baby’s cut might be infected, have
something imbedded in it or it is dirty from soil, seek medical
Severe bleeding is when there is blood freely flowing from a
wound. Call for help quickly if your baby has severe bleeding.
Watch our video - what to do if your baby is bleeding
1. Remove any clothes from the area your baby is bleeding
2. If there’s something in the wound, leave it where it is and
apply pressure around the wound with a clean non-fluffy cloth, like
a clean tea towel.
3. If there’s nothing in the wound, apply pressure directly to
it with a sterile dressing or clean non-fluffy cloth.
4. Call for emergency help. Call 999/112.
5. Apply a tight bandage around the dressing on top of the
wound. It needs to maintain pressure but not restrict
6. Treat for shock.
7. If the blood soaks through the first dressing, apply a second
dressing on top. If it soaks through again remove both dressings
and apply a new one.
8. Support the injured area.
9. Keep checking your baby’s breathing, pulse and whether they
can respond to you, until medical help arrives.