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#1 of 8 Old 11-01-2005, 01:29 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Great title huh?


My almost 4 year old dd was climbing her bedroom window today to look at her brother outside and slipped and fell cutting the back of her head. It bled quite a bit as most head injuries do but seemed to be OK. We went out trick or treating and stopped at a friend's house for a drink and potty break. I had my hand on her head and noticed wet blood. We came home and I rinsed her hair and dabbed at the cut a bit which was not blleeding but still oozing. I used a gauze pad and applied good pressure. After 15 minutes it did not seem to be any better.

I finally decided to take her to the ER (this was about 4 and a half hours after the fall) and am glad I did as the cut was actually quite a bit longer and deeper than I had originally been able to see. They put 3 staples in and closed it up nicely. Luckily the Dr there is great and had no problem with me holding her the whole time, she actually expected me too.

So my question is this. She was given a prescription for Keflex. Sarah was so ready to go home I did not even ask why, I just shoved it in my purse and headed out. I am assuming it is because they fear infection? Is this really a necessary step? Is it because of the staples? We have dealt with stitches before and have never been prescribed med but have never had staples before.

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My guess would be because of the delay in getting the staples...time for germs to get in. If you put staples in it might "trap" the germs. I am not familiar with staples and dont know if it is a common practice with them.
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I don't know about the antibiotics, but having just been in the ER twice in 3 days it occurs to me that they usually give a number and tell you to call if you have questions about your treatment or the discharge instructions etc.
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Thanks for the replies. Mavery, I am sure they will have a wonderful reason for prescribing the abx, I just doubt it is something I will think is necessary. If I say that, I am sure they will have another reason she needs them.
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Mavery, I am sure they will have a wonderful reason for prescribing the abx, I just doubt it is something I will think is necessary.
Of course they will, I just thought the reason might help you to decide....
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True.
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My gut instinct would be not to get them but to watch it. If it started looking infected I'd get the rx

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