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Genital Injury

What is a genital injury?

A genital injury is a bruise or cut around the genital area. They are usually minor bruises (with swelling) or cuts that heal in 3 or 4 days.

How can I take care of my child?

For minor cuts, wash the area vigorously with soap and water for 5 minutes. Then apply pressure for 10 minutes with a sterile gauze to stop bleeding. For swelling, apply ice for 20 minutes (if tolerated).

When should I call my child's health care provider?

Call IMMEDIATELY if:

  • Your child has a genital injury.
Written by B.D. Schmitt, M.D., author of "Your Child's Health," Bantam Books.
Published by McKesson Provider Technologies.
Last modified: 2001-11-30
Last reviewed: 2006-03-02
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
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