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#1 bluegirl123

Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:01 PM

So I'm home alone with two little kids and have accidentally cut underneath my two smallest toes on one foot. I may need stitches as the cuts are quite deep, but the bleeding has stopped. I have bandaged it fine and I can wiggle them.I don't have anyone to look after my kids at this time of night, and I'm not in pain so was thinking of holding off till the morning then heading into the local hospital. Is there any time limit that stops them being able to put stitches in if they are neededThanks in advance for any replies

Edited by bluegirl123, 13 February 2013 - 09:06 PM.


#2 blackbird

Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

Hi, the one time I had to go in for stitches I did it at night and waited until morning, the doctor was not happy as the edges of the cut had already started to heal so he had to scrap the edges of the cut to stitch is so that the scar would be flatter and cleaner but I'm thinking under a toe wont matter so much maybe.

#3 bluegirl123

Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:08 PM

Should add I've never had stitches before so am not clear on how this all works


#4 Miss Cherry

Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:18 PM

It's better to get it stitched as soon as possible after the injury so if possible I would see if you could get it seen to tonight. Is there are medical centre near by that you could go to and have it stitched up? Might be easier with the kids.

#5 Guest_~Coffee~_*

Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:19 PM

It may just heal on it's own. Just go to your GP tomorrow and get it checked out. I wouldn't go to the hospital, no need.

#6 SkeptiFERAL

Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:22 PM

Depending on what states you are living in, you ambulance service may have "extended care paramedics" or similar, who can suture such areas. Maybe try giving your state's non-000 number a call and explain your circumstances and see


#7 bluegirl123

Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:24 PM

Thanks everyone, think I'm going to leave it till morning, I just can't face getting a two and four year old out of bed to drive 30mins into hospital. Will try and get to the gp early in the morning


#8 lunariviera

Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:26 PM

My understanding is that within 6 hours is optimal but they can do up to 24 hours in some cases.

https://myhealth.alberta.ca/health/pages/co...x?hwId=sid42906

I'd call an after hours service and see if they can at least give you some professional advice.

#9 ali-song

Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:46 PM

This is not medical advice...

I've used super glue on both DS and DH. It works wonderfully as long as it's a clean cut, the bleeding has stopped, and you're able to hold the edges together so you're gluing the outside bits of the skin. No stitches were required it either case.

#10 Soontobegran

Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:00 PM

OP if the cut has stopped bleeding and it is not too painful then I think a visit to the GP in the morning will be ok.
If the wound has started to heal and it is clean then they may decide to let it heal by itself. If it starts to bleed profusely then you may have to change your plans.

I would not be using super glue myself. It is not ideal for some wounds so best for a professional to decide if it is OK or not.

Good luck

#11 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:32 AM

One of my boys recently had to have stitches after he split his forehead open in quite a spectacular way. He had to go to theatre to have it stitched up under GA by the Plastics team. Given that there had been a horrible trauma a few hours earlier, they couldn't get him in to theatre until about 10pm and as he's had anesthetic complications before, the anesthetist didn't want to risk it that late. So they glued and steri-stripped it together and sent us home for the night. We had to go back in the morning and he went to theatre and had it cleaned up and sewn back together properly.

Good luck. I hope you can get to the GP this morning.

#12 Kay1

Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:42 AM

My 2 year old severed the top of his finger. It took 10 hours to get him into surgery to have it reattached. It healed perfectly.

#13 Coffeegirl

Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:56 AM

I sliced right across my thumb inside the joint.  Sliced the nerves too.

Was almost 10 hours from the time of the accident until I went in for micro surgery.  No complications (other than a lack if feeling in th tip - bit that is due to servering the nerves)

#14 SDEE

Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:36 PM

thanks everyone, I ended up getting the kids to daycare and heading into the drs. I ended up needing around 4 stiches but given where the cut was on my foot we opted for surgical glue.
now i'm back at work, hobbling a bit but all good. thanks for all your responses

#15 SDEE

Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:41 PM

sorry just wanted to add I am the OP, i have real trouble logging on at home so have a different user name on my home computer. didnt realise till i posted the update




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