Severed body part

If your child loses a finger, toe or other body part, put it in a cold, clean cloth or gauze and put it in a plastic bag.

Take your child and the bag to the hospital emergency department. Doctors may be able to reattach the part, but time is critical.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or "she" and "him" or "her."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016