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Great title huh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><br>
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.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
TIA<br>
~Stephanie
 

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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 <i>wonderful</i> 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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Of course they will, I just thought the reason might help you to decide....
 

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True. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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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<br><br>
-Angela
 
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