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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 with soap and water for 5 minutes. Then apply pressure for 10 minutes with a sterile gauze to stop bleeding. Apply an antibiotic ointment (OTC) twice daily.

For bruising or swelling, apply a cold, wet compress or cold pack for 20 minutes (if tolerated). Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed for pain relief. Don't use aspirin because it may prolong the bleeding.

When should I call my child's healthcare provider?


  • Your child has a genital injury.
Written by Barton D. Schmitt, MD, author of “My Child Is Sick,” American Academy of Pediatrics Books.
Pediatric Advisor 2015.3 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2009-08-13
Last reviewed: 2015-06-11
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.
Copyright ©1986-2015 Barton D. Schmitt, MD FAAP. All rights reserved.
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