Leandro Mallamaci: Removal of Stitches
Stitches are used to close wounds that are deep, wide, or bleeding. They help prevent infections, reduce scars, and aid in the healing process. Stitches can come in several types, such as those that dissolve on their own, those that need to be removed, and others made of different materials like metal, adhesive strips, or glue. The type of stitch depends on the location and severity of the wound.
For children, it is important to remove the stitches at the right time, depending on the location. If they are removed too early or too late, it could slow down the healing process and increase the risk of scars. Typically, stitches are removed between 3 and 14 days after they were applied, but the timing can vary depending on the situation. Below is a table indicating the average removal times for stitches based on the wound location:
| Wound Location | Removal Time
|Scalp||7 to 10 days|
|Face||3 to 5 days|
|Chest/Abdomen||7 to 10 days|
|Back||10 to 14 days|
|Arms/Legs||7 to 10 days|
|Hands/Feet||10 to 14 days|
The removal of stitches should be done by a doctor or nurse, who will use special scissors and tweezers to cut and remove the threads. The procedure is generally not very painful, but it may cause slight discomfort or a pinching sensation. If the child is very agitated or scared, an anaesthetic cream can be used to numb the area before removal.
After removing the stitches, the wound should be kept clean and covered with a bandage or gauze until a scab forms. A moisturizing cream or healing ointment can be applied to promote healing and improve the appearance of the scar. It is important to avoid exposing the wound to the sun for at least six months, as it could darken or become red.