A GP guide to paediatric facial trauma and scars

Facial lacerations in children are a common presentation in primary care, so it's worth being aware of these key management principles.

Need to know:

  • Regardless of the location of a facial laceration, the key management principles are the following:
    • To exclude deeper structure injury with physical examination.
    • To perform thorough debridement/irrigation of the wounds.
    • To ensure closure of the skin without tension.
  • Be wary of deeper injuries