If you or your kids have a wound that *might* need stitches, get it checked immediately. If you show up at the dr.'s office 8-12 hours after an injury* they can't suture for fear of infection, even if your wound needs suturing.
Never knew there was a cutoff. I've always been a "wait and see how it looks in the morning" girl, so this is really good info to know. I’m sharing it because I can’t be the only one who didn’t know this.
I had a run-in with a knife while chopping shallots for dinner yesterday, by the way. The dr. said if I had come in last night when it happened (instead of waiting until this morning), he definitely would have sutured my middle finger. Instead I got cleaning (ouch), some kind of absorbable strips that adhere to your blood, a big bandage, and a round of antibiotics.
* because, say, your husband was out of town and you had two six-year-olds with you who would have created mass chaos and destruction in the urgent-care waiting room, and you thought everything would look much better in the morning