Have you ever fallen on the playground and cut your hands or legs? What about a bicycle crash? A sports accident? There are many ways that accidents can happen that result in getting nasty cuts and bruises.

Sometimes cuts can be cleaned and covered with a bandage to heal. At other times, though, they need stitches. Why is that?

Stitches are for larger cuts that a doctor believes will not heal correctly on their own. To heal correctly, the sides of a cut must be close together, so that the skin can grow back together. With large cuts, stitches help to bring the sides of a cut close together to heal properly.

Stitches are just loops of thread — called sutures — that a doctor uses to sew your cut closed. Once the cut is completely closed, the doctor will tie a knot at the end, so that the cut will stay closed until it heals.

Sutures can be made out of different types of materials. Many sutures are made of nylon or silk thread. These stitches need to be removed by a doctor once the cut is healed. It’s an easy procedure and it doesn’t hurt. The doctor just cuts the knot and pulls the remaining pieces of thread back through the skin.

Thanks to science and new technology, however, not all stitches need to be removed by a doctor. Doctors can now also use vicryl sutures. Vicryl sutures dissolve in your skin over time, so there’s no need to get them removed.

If you need stitches, you may worry about whether or not it will hurt. Guess what? It will probably hurt a lot less than getting cut in the first place! Doctors and nurses will usually use a local anesthetic to numb your skin around the cut, so that they can clean it and sew it back together quickly. Most of the time, you will only feel a little pressure but not much pain.

When the doctor is finished putting in your stitches, you’ll be told how to take care of your wound. You’ll usually need to avoid getting your stitches wet. You might also have to put antibiotic ointment and bandages on your cut to make it heal faster.

Make sure you talk with your parents about how to take care of your stitches. You’ll also want to keep a close eye on your stitches to make sure there are no signs of infection, such as red or swollen areas. If you see something about your stitches that concerns you, tell your parents and they can decide whether or not you need to go back to see the doctor again.

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    • We appreciate you sharing your personal connection to today’s Wonder of the Day®, Superstar! Thanks for hanging out in Wonderopolis with us today! :-)

    • There are LOTS of Wonder Friends who have had to get stitches at one time in their lives, Morgan! Thanks for sharing that you are one of them and have a personal connection to this Wonder! We hope you have a SUPER day! :-)

  1. I had stitches and they were dissolvable and didn’t look that bad! So knowing you made this article makes me feel better!

    • We think it’s neat that you had the type of stitches that dissolve, Rahul! Thanks for sharing that with your friends in Wonderopolis today! :-)

    • Thanks for sharing your personal connection to today’s Wonder, Chum Chum! We’re glad you stopped by Wonderopolis and left us a comment today! :-)

    • You’re right, Sydney! Thanks for sharing your background knowledge about stitches and adding something AWESOME to today’s Wonder of the Day® about them! :-)

  2. I haven’t gotten stitches in years, but I have gotten staples, which hurt a lot worse.

    I have no clue what tomorrow’s wonder will be, but I think it has to do with an animal.

    • Staples DO sound like they might hurt a bit more than stitches, Hunter! We hope you didn’t injure yourself too badly and that you healed very quickly! Thank you for sharing your experience with us and THANKS for being a GREAT Wonder Friend! :-)

  3. My cousin Brandon had to get stitches because he was cutting wood with a chainsaw and got it stuck in the tree that he was cutting, and he had his leg in the way and cut it. It was deep, but really, really deep, but deep enough to get stitches. Brandon had to get about 30 stitches in his leg! That was really nasty looking! I’m glad that I never had to get any stitches so far!

    • That’s a scary story about your cousin and the chainsaw incident that led him to need his stitches, Katlyn! Thanks so much for sharing your connection to today’s Wonder…you ROCK! :-)

  4. I never had to get stitches because I never had a cut really deep like that. I really don’t know what the wonder of the day will be about. I thought it would be monster trucks, but I figured out there was already a wonder about monster trucks.

    • We’re glad you’ve never been injured enough to need stitches, Cassidy! You are super lucky! It’s OK that you don’t have a guess about tomorrow’s Wonder…sometimes it’s just as much fun to be totally surprised! :-)

    • That’s OK, Rahul! We’ll BOTH be surprised tomorrow when we visit Wonderopolis and explore the new Wonder of the Day®! :-)

    • We’re super sorry you didn’t care for today’s Wonder of the Day®, Niya! We hope you will give learning in Wonderopolis another try tomorrow! :-)

  5. Not all cuts need stitches. Some do. I had surgery on my arm and stomach and I needed stitches, and then I’m getting my legs done. It doesn’t hurt. It’s cool but nasty.

    • Thank you for letting us know that you have had surgery and stitches before, Gloria! You’re right, too…not all cuts need stitches. We hope you have a SUPER speedy recovery from your surgery coming up! :-)

  6. We are still wondering about stitches. For example, how often to surgeons have to put their patients to sleep before giving them stitches?
    Something interesting we learned is that stitches actually pull the skin together to help with healing.
    We predict tomorrow’s wonder will be about…
    Monster trucks; something about monsters; or big tires.

    • We’re proud of you for WONDERing even MORE about stitches after you guys explored this Wonder of the Day® about them, Mr. Boyer’s class! We’re not sure about the percentage of patients who need to be anesthetized before their doctors give them stitches, but now we’re WONDERing about that, too!

      It’s awesome that you guys think tomorrow’s Wonder might be about monsters…we think they would be REALLY FUN to WONDER about! :-)

  7. Some of us have gotten stitches from accidents and silly mistakes. Have any of you had stitches? How big are sutures? We think tomorrow’s wonder might be about monsters or mystical creatures. Do you always have to get a cast with stitches? Clay is in our class and he thinks tomorrow is about Monster Trucks! See you tomorrow!

    • Happy Tuesday, Mr. Draper’s Class! We’re sure there are LOTS of other Wonder Friends (including some of us here in Wonderopolis) who have had to get stitches from accidents or silly mistakes!

      We’re not sure how big some sutures can get, but that’s something cool to WONDER about! We also think you can have stitches without needing a cast. Sometimes, though, a bone might get broken AND the skin gets cut. We think that might be a good time for stitches AND a cast, but we think a doctor would know best about that! :-)

  8. I got stitches when I was little, like 3 or somthing. I ran into a brick wall on my porch. All I remember was hyperventilating, (is that how you spell it?) And My brother running to get my mom. I have a question: Are your responses for our questions written by real people? Or are they just done by a computer? (I wonder…) ;)

    • Real people here, Raina! We appreciate your comment and your question! We respect and value every comment we receive from our AMAZING Wonder Friends (like YOU!) here in Wonderopolis, and try our very best to answer every one! Thanks for sharing your story with us today about how you needed stitches when you were little! :-)

    • That IS pretty cool that you got to see your brother’s blue stitches get removed, “Wonder!” Thanks for sharing that with us today! :-)

  9. Today’s wonder was a little bit disgusting to us. But, we definitely found it interesting. Eight of the kids in our class (out of 16) have had stitches! That means half of the kids in our class have had a cut too deep to heal on its own!

    Is tomorrows Wonder of the Day, “Do you believe in monsters?” Or maybe it has to do with monster trucks like, “Who invented monster truck arena shows?”

    Thanks for keeping us WONDERing,

    Miss Thomasson’s 3rd grade class

    • Thanks for being honest in sharing your thoughts about today’s Wonder, Miss Thomasson’s Class! We appreciate your opinion and your comment! We like how you shared that exactly half of you have had stitches…that’s a COOL percentage!

      We’re not sure what tomorrow’s Wonder will be about, but MONSTERS seems to be a running theme in several of the guesses today! We can’t wait to visit Wonderopolis tomorrow morning to see for sure! :-)

  10. We think tomorrow’s Wonder might be about monster trucks, or Monster’s Inc, or Bigfoot.

    We have had 2 kids in our class get stitches after an accident.

    Have a great day!

    • Thanks for letting us know what you guys think tomorrow’s Wonder might be about, Miss Kirsten’s Kindergarten GT Class! We think it would be SUPER cool to WONDER about Bigfoot! We hope you all have a GREAT day, too! :-)

  11. It hurts? Why sometimes do you not have to get stitches? What can’t you do when you have stiches? Can you still run or jump or swim? Can you still play tag?

    • Those are all AWESOME questions, Gabriela! Whether or not you need stitches depends on how deep the cut is, and only your doctor can say for sure if your cut needs stitches. Your doctor can also tell you about any activities you shouldn’t do when you have stitches. Thank you very much for checking out today’s Wonder of the Day®! :-)

    • It’s really nice of you to feel for those Wonder Friends who have had to get stitches before, Thaomai. We’re proud of you for being so caring! :-)

  12. Me never getting stitches = :-)
    Others getting stitches = :-(
    How much I love this site and how it gives me so many different life experiences! = :-D

    • Well, this comment just made our day even more special, Cossley! Thanks for being another AWESOME Wonder Friend who cares about others and feels sorry for them having to have had stitches. We think you ROCK!

      Wonderopolis’ feeling about Cossley’s comment today = :-D :-D :-D!

  13. Stitches look painful. I’m glad I don’t need or have stitches because I never want any. I’ll do almost anything to stop me from having them.

    • We appreciate your comment today, Jaylen, and value your opinion about stitches! We hope you have a TOTALLY TERRIFIC TUESDAY! :-)

    • Hello, Nick! Some stitches stay in your body until they have helped heal the cut, then the doctor takes the stitches out. Some stitches dissolve into the body when enough time has gone by for the wound to heal! Thanks for asking AWESOME questions today! :-)

  14. I’ve never gotten stitches before. I would have gotten them before. If you want I could tell you the story. Has anyone sent in their black hole letter yet?

    • Thanks for sharing your personal connection to today’s Wonder, Caelah! We appreciate it very much! We haven’t heard from the Wonderopolis Postmaster about receiving any black hole letters yet. We’ll check with him to see! :-)

    • Having big cuts is definitely one of the reasons people get stitches, Alex! Thanks so much for sharing your comment with us today and THANKS for stopping by this Wonder to learn more about stitches with us! :-)

    • We’re sorry you’ve had a big cut before, Graham, and we hope your stitches helped everything heal up nicely! Thank you for leaving us this COOL comment today to share your experience with stitches! :-)

    • Stitches really do help big cuts heal, Kyle! Thank you for sharing what you think about stitches today! :-)

  15. Ooooooops! I forgot to tell you my brother had to get stitches once. He was playing outside on our driveway when he tripped and cut right beside his mouth on the gravel. They just fell off after a few weeks.

    • We appreciate you sharing your brother’s stitch story with your friends in Wonderopolis today, Caelah! You’re a GREAT Wonder Friend! :-)

    • We appreciate and value your opinion about today’s Wonder, Chance! Thanks for sharing it with us today! :-)

    • Stitches and cuts can be a little icky, we agree, Softball Geek! Thank you for letting us know what you thought about the picture for today’s Wonder of the Day®! We appreciate your opinion! :-)

  16. EEEEWWWW that looks like it hurts, and plus, my brother had to get stitches on his back and they looked nasty!

    • Hi there, Bryce! Thanks for sharing about your brother’s stitches and how they looked to you. We hope you learned as many cool new facts about sutures as we did by exploring today’s Wonder of the Day®! :-)

    • Hi there, Soccer Geek! We appreciate your opinion about today’s Wonder picture. Thank you for sharing it with us by leaving us this comment! Did you know there is already a Wonder of the Day® about FRENCH FRIES? Here it is:

      Wonder #24 – Do French Fries Really Come From France? http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/belgian-fries/. Happy WONDERing! :-)

    • Lots of other Wonder Friend share similar stories about why they needed stitches, Nykia! We hope your wound didn’t hurt too much and that your stitches helped heal it REALLY quickly! Thank you for sharing your story with us today! :-)

    • That sounds like it hurt, Jason! We’re super sorry you hit your head and had to get stitches. We hope you are OK now and all healed up! Thanks for being a great Wonder Friend! :-)

    • What a really nice thing to say, Caelah! It makes us super duper (really, really) happy to know that we have AMAZING Wonder Friends like you who enjoy learning new things each day in Wonderopolis as much as we do! :-)

    • Thanks for letting us know, Van Dyk/Caelah (we knew it was you because of your blog)! We like that you are super creative and switch things up a bit when you comment sometimes! :-)

    • COOL! We really like learning more about the AMAZING Wonder Friends (like you) who visit Wonderopolis every day, Van Dyk #3! We hope you have a WONDERful day! :-)

    • Hmmm… There are LOTS of things that are MONSTROUS, IDKA, so we WONDER what we’ll all be learning about tomorrow? We like that word…MONSTROUS! It’s fun to say! Thanks for leaving us a SUPER comment today! :-)

  17. I had to have them when I was 12. Now I am 15 and I still have a scar from it. (but I got them out 3 days after my birthday).

    • Thanks for sharing your stitches story with us today, Emily! We’d like to say THANK YOU for hanging out in Wonderopolis and learning some new, interesting things about stitches with us! :-)

    • We’re so glad you think today’s Wonder is COOL, Lanard! We’re also SUPER glad you stopped by Wonderopolis today! :-)

    • Thanks, Emily! You’re an AWESOME Wonder Friend for letting us know you liked exploring today’s Wonder of the Day®! :-)

    • You’re right, Izzick! When a cut looks bad, it’s best to head to the Dr.’s office to make sure it doesn’t require stitches to help it heal. Thanks for sharing your GREAT comment with us today! :-)

    • You should re-explore today’s Wonder, then, Camille! It’s full of WONDERful information about what stitches are and when a cut might need them! Thank you for visiting Wonderopolis today! :-)

    • Thanks for letting us know what you think about the picture for today’s Wonder of the Day®, Kaleb! We really appreciate your comment! We’re pretty sure that’s someone’s knee in the picture. :-)

  18. My dog has stitches because he bumped his head into the house. (Evan)

    I had to get stitches once because my dog accidentally bit my face. (Reese)

    Bye Wonderopolis!

    • Hello, KF Dragons friends! We are super glad you guys stopped by Wonderopolis today! Thanks for sharing your two stories about stitches, Evan and Reece…what an interesting coincidence that they both have to do with dogs! :-)

  19. I had 2 stitches in my lip. I was rollerblading and I bent down and my friend accidentally kicked me on my lip with her blade. My mom took me to the hospital because it was a really deep cut and it wouldn’t stop bleeding. You are right, it doesn’t hurt to get stitches or to get them taken out, but it sure hurt to get kicked in the lip.

    • Hi, Mary! What a scary ordeal for you to go through! We’re sorry you got kicked in the lip. Thank you for sharing that it didn’t hurt to get your stitches put in or taken out. We’re sure that helps make some Wonder Friends who haven’t had stitches before feel a little more comfortable in case they ever do need them. :-)

  20. It was real scary one time when my son split his ear open!! It was really harsh watching them stick a needle in his cut to numb it to put the stitches in … It took 4 nurses to hold him down to get 3 little stitches in… Poor baby …..

    • We’re super sorry to hear about your son needing stitches, Nikki! We know it must have been a hard thing to watch as a parent. Thank you for sharing your story with us today! :-)

    • We’re super proud of you, Van Dyk #3! It’s AWESOME that you are working hard on your letter even though writing is not your favorite thing to do! We can’t wait to read your AMAZING black hole story! :-)

    • That’s SUPER COOL, Van Dyk #3! Thanks so much for letting us know! You are a WONDERful Wonder Friend! :-)

  21. My friend has had to get stitches many, man,y many times. In fact, I’m going to a different friend’s house and he has stiches, too.

    • Wow, Caleb, that is interesting to learn! Thanks for sharing that TWO of your friends have had (or have) stitches. We’re glad you stopped by today’s Wonder and left us this GREAT comment to let us know! :-)

    • It sure is, Van Dyk #3! Thanks so much for asking and THANKS for leaving us AMAZING comments today! :-)

  22. I had stitches in my head at age three, I hit my head on a brick. I was scared to death because it was in my head. Then my old dog Max he bit me one my arm and I still have the mark. My sister Brooke she held me against the dog. Ouch! It still hurts.

    • Hi, Anissa! Thank you for sharing your story with us! We’re sorry you had to get stitches and also that Max bit you. We hope you feel better super soon! :-)

    • Yes, Anissa, in the U.S.A.! Thanks so much for being a friend of Wonderopolis…have a WONDERful day! :-)

    • Thanks for letting everyone in Wonderopolis know that you getting stitches didn’t really hurt, Anissa! We appreciate hearing that! :-)

    • Thanks for visiting this Wonder of the Day® and leaving us a cool comment, Levi! Have a GREAT day! :-)

    • Hi, Rithik! Thanks for sharing your personal connection to this Wonder of the Day®! We’re sorry you had to get stitches, but we hope you healed up great (and fast!)! Thanks for hanging out in Wonderopolis with us today! :-)

  23. I had to get stitches when I was 4 on Christmas day!! It wasn’t a very nice present going to the Emergency room!! :(

    • YIKES, Emmy! Getting stitches on Christmas sure does NOT sound like fun. :-( We hope you had as WONDERful of a time with your family as you could after you got back from the hospital, though. We bet they were all worried about you. Thank you for sharing your story with us! :-)

  24. Several students in our class have had stitches.
    Desmund had to have stitches in his head when he was 3. His brother dared him to jump off his bunk bed. When he did, he busted his head. He said it really hurt.

    • Oh, no! Desmund’s accident DOES sound like it hurt, Ms Bayko’s class! We’re super sorry he injured his head and had to get stitches. :-( Thank you guys for visiting this Wonder of the Day® and leaving us an AWESOME comment! We hope you ALL have a WONDERful Wednesday! :-)

  25. Hello Wonderopolis! Seven students in our class have had stitches. Even our teacher has had them! We have gotten stitches for many reasons. For example, some fingers have been stuck in things, sharp objects have accidentally cut us, and we have fallen down.

    Thanks for making us wonder! We love the videos!

    Mrs. Wade’s 2nd Grade

    • Thank you for sharing the reasons why some of you guys have needed stitches before, Mrs. Wade’s 2nd Grade Class! We’re sure many Wonder Friends (including some of us here in Wonderopolis) can relate to each of those reasons! We appreciate hearing that you LOVE to WONDER about the world around you…we do, too! :-)

    • We’re proud of you for being brave about getting stitches and also for encouraging other Wonder Friends to be brave about the experience, too, Patrick! That’s a GREAT way to share a comment! :-)

  26. Have a happy wondering day wonderopolis

    I never had to get stitches before, have you?

    But my brothers did. I almost had to.

    All my three brothers did.

    And my brother needed staples before.

    Did you ever need staples?

    :) I will ask my third grade teacher to see if she will use wonderopolis in school .:):):) I will miss you if she does not :( :( but I will learn more about wonderopolis this year. I go on wonderopolis every day.

    I learn every day

    But I do not on weekends.

    Saturday and Sunday

    I think tomorrow you should make a wonder on the last day of school.

    Because tomorrow is our last day of school. :) I will miss Mrs. Phillips. I will be in third grade.

    I am going to girl scout camp and reds camp.

    Have a fun day:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)


    Have a fun Wednesday.

    • Thanks very much for leaving us such a detailed comment, Kelly! We appreciate you telling us about your brothers having to get stitches and staples. There are a few Wonder Friends here in Wonderopolis who have had to get stitches, but we haven’t heard of very many having to get staples.

      We think it’s AWESOME that you are going to share about Wonderopolis with your third grade teacher! Thank you for being such a SUPER Wonder Friend! We hope you visit us over the summer, because we’ll be sharing lots of AWESOME new Wonders and having some extra summertime FUN, too! We know Mrs. Phillips will miss you and your classmates as much as you will miss her. She is an AMAZING teacher who LOVES to WONDER and cares a LOT about her students! :-)

  27. Wow, I hope I dont get stitches because my best friend Mary got them and she said that it hurt more to get kicked in the lip more than getting the stitches but I don’t want them because of her story.

    • Happy Wednesday, Hayley! Thanks so much for sharing how you feel about Mary’s story and about getting stitches. We really appreciate your comment and want to say THANKS for visiting Wonderopolis today! :-)

  28. This was interesting. Two people in my class broke their arm. :(
    They are getting better though! I’ve never gotten a stitch, and I hope I never will.

    • We hope your classmates feel better really soon, Maddie! Thank you for sharing about them with us. We really appreciate you stopping by Wonderopolis today! :-)

  29. Hi, I’m Marys friend. I had to get stitches all over my scalp and you’re right, it does not hurt getting them in or out. I had to get stitches because I was trying to get my brother’s year book off of the entertainment center but it fell on me. The TV landed next to my head and the wood landed all over me. It hurt more during the accident.

    • Wow, Emilie! We’re super sorry you had that accident! It sounded scary. We appreciate you sharing your experience, though, so other Wonder Friends can feel less frightened about getting stitches in the future (if they ever need them). You are an AWESOME Wonder Friend! :-)

  30. My cat once had to have stitches from surgery because she swallowed something that she wasn’t supposed to. I also want to say, that kid probably loves Spiderman if he says he is brave as Spiderman when he got his stitches.

    • Hello, Julie! Thanks for sharing that your cat had to get stitches once. We hope she is OK now! We agree with you about the boy in the video when he said he was as brave as Spider Man…we think he was brave for getting stitches, too! :-)

    • We’re super happy to hear that your cat is OK now, Julie! Thanks for letting us know! We hope you and your cat have a WONDERful day today! :-)

    • Hello, Kyle! What a REALLY AWESOME comment you left for everyone in Wonderopolis today! We hope you have a WONDERful summer, too, and that you get the chance to do some AMAZING WONDERing! Let us know some of the cool stuff you learn about and remember to visit us here in Wonderopolis over the summer, too, OK? :-)

  31. Hi Wonderopolis! Thank you for this WONDERful comment! You have the best WONDERS! Have a Great Summer and I will visit daily!

    • Woo, hoo! We are VERY happy to hear that you will be visiting us over the summer, too, Kyle! We’ve got some AWESOME things planned here in Wonderopolis! :-)

    • Thanks for sharing that you haven’t ever had stitches, Chanell. We’re sorry you had to get glue and staples, though. We hope you weren’t hurt to badly and that you healed up SUPER quickly! Thank you for visiting this Wonder of the Day®! :-)

  32. I’ve never had stitches before, but my dad has. The doctor asked him how old is your daughter?!?!?! And my dad said 5, and then the doctor said I’ll give you 5 stitches !!!!! My dad said it hurt!!!!!

    • We appreciate you sharing your personal connection to this Wonder, Marina! We’re sorry your dad had to get stitches. We hope he is OK now! :-)

    • Hello, deantesman! Yes, some of us here in Wonderopolis have had to get stitches before. Thanks so much for sharing your comment with us! We really appreciate you, Wonder Friend! :-)

    • Thanks for sharing your comment with us today, Carlos, and also for telling us what you would do if you had to get stitches! We appreciate you being a friend of Wonderopolis! :-)

    • We’re sorry to hear that you had to have stitches on your lip, Kelly! We hope you healed up quickly and that you’re feeling better! Thank you for sharing your own “stitches story” with everyone in Wonderopolis! :-)

    • We’re so glad our Wonder video made you smile, Wonder Friend in Mrs. Hess’ class! Since Chase only needed three stitches, his cut wasn’t too big! We Wonder if you or anyone else in your family has had stitches? :)

  33. Wow, I never had stitches before, but my friend had them and it was a bad one. I think that the next one would not be on me cause I never want it, and that was cool.

    • We agree, Sydneyu28! Stitches do not look like they would be any fun. We think we’re going to play it safe, and hope we never get them, either. Thanks for WONDERing with us today! :-)

    • That’s a great Wonder Prediction, Luc! Check back with us tomorrow to find out if you were right! Keep WONDERing, Wonder Friend! :-)

  34. The only one in my family who had to get stitches was my brother because he tripped on a door at his daycare and fell on the concrete, so his chin got all ripped up! I was also wondering if you had any articles about the game Minecraft, if you do send me a link to it please! ;) Thanks!

    • Oh no, Sydney_ftw! That sounds painful. We hope he’s better, now!

      Minecraft has been a very popular subject for our Submitted Wonder Questions, and has received lots of Votes! We think you can expect to see a Minecraft Wonder on Wonderopolis in the near future! Be on the lookout for it! Thanks for WONDERing with us today! :-)

    • That is true Jace! You will need stitches when the wound does not close, so that it can heal. Keep WONDERing, Wonder Friend! :-)

    • Oh, no, Nick! If it is a serious cut, we advise that you have a professional check it out. Stay safe, Wonder Friend! :-)

  35. Charles had staples and stitches from cleaning her room and her foot got cut on a broken glass coffee cup. i laugh at her. i had stitches in my lip from tripping over a lego and my teeth going through my bottom lip… ow.

    • Oh no, Izzy and Charles! Both sound like they hurt really bad. We hope you are doing much better now, and that your cuts didn’t leave a scar! :-)

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Have you ever wondered…

  • When does a cut need stitches?
  • What are sutures?
  • Can stitches come out on their own?


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Ready to learn more about stitches? No, you don’t need to have an accident! Just grab a friend or family member and try the fun activities below:

  • Have you ever had to have stitches? If not, ask around. It probably won’t take you long to find a friend or family member who has had to have stitches at some point in the past. Based upon your own experience with stitches or what you learn from talking to someone else who has had stitches, write a brief paragraph about what it feels like when a cut occurs, what it feels like to get stitches and what it feels like to have stitches removed.
  • Do you think doctors like to sew? Maybe! Although you can’t practice stitching on yourself or others, you can learn some simple stitches that are useful in different types of sewing. You never know when you might have a hole in a shirt or pair of pants that needs mending. Or you might learn that you enjoy needlepoint or embroidery. Find a friend or a family member who has some sewing supplies. Ask them to help teach you some simple stitches. If you want some further guidance, check out these instructional videos to learn some simple stitches:
  • Vicryl stitches represent an advancement in medical technology that saves people money and time. With vicryl stitches, you don’t have to go back to see a doctor to have stitches removed. What other types of advancements like this could make your life easier in the future. Talk with friends or family members about medical practices that frustrate them. Are there certain things that they feel are unnecessary or too expensive? Pick one such instance and brainstorm ways you think science and technology could solve the problem now or in the future. What would need to happen or be developed for your vision to become reality? Talk with others about your ideas. You never know when an idea might become a passion that guides your future. Write down your thoughts and keep track of them over time.

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Want to learn about stitches of a different kind? Explore EDSITEment!’s History in Quilts unit to learn more about how quilts have reflected and continue to reflect the lives of the people who create them, and how quilts record the cultural history of a particular place and time.


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