All chil­dren have falls and minor acci­dents, and they often cut them­selves in the process. If the lac­er­a­tion is deep and dirty, allow bleed­ing to con­tin­ue for a few min­utes. Wash the area around the lac­er­a­tion with cold tap water. Stop heavy bleed­ing by apply­ing direct pres­sure on the lac­er­a­tion with a clean cloth or ster­ile gauze. Do not use a tourni­quet in any situation.