Keep the wound dry for the first 24 hours. Then you can start washing it gently with warm water and liquid soap 1 or 2 times a day. Put on an antibiotic ointment after you wash the wound to keep a thick scab from forming over the stitches. Do not soak the wound. Do not let your child swim or take a bath until the stitches are removed. A brief shower is safe after 24 hours.
Stitches are ready to be taken out at different times. It depends on where they are on the body. Stitches on the face are usually removed in a few days, while stitches on the palms of hands may not be removed for 14 days. Your child's stitches should be removed on the correct day. Stitches removed too late can leave skin marks or scars. If any stitches come out too early, call your child's doctor. In the meantime, tape the edges of the wound together with adhesive tape or butterfly Band-Aids. Continue the tape until the date when the sutures are due to be removed.
After removal of stitches: