Applying first aid to common children’s injuries

Applying first aid to common children’s injuries / Kids First Aid

If you child runs down the road and trips, he or she might get back on their feet and no harm’s been done. As a parent, you will surely breathe a sigh of relief. But, what about if you had to apply first aid to a more serious children’s injury?

Would you know what to do?

Helping your child

Applying first aid to common children’s injuries is all about knowing the basics so that when something happens to your child and it looks potentially serious, you won’t need to freak out and panic. The best thing you can do for your child at such a time is to stay calm.

Good basic knowledge about first aid can really help, though a kids’ first aid course is your step towards peace of mind. With that practical information under your belt, you can rest assured you can help your child in their time of need.

As a parent, you may have already come across a few of these common injuries or you may be in real need of these first aid tips*. At the very least, these will help jog your memory.

Broken bone

If the bone is sticking out or is crooked and your child is in a lot of pain, has fainted, vomited or is light-headed, go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

Nosebleed

When a nosebleed starts, it often looks worse than it is. The first aid key here is to be patient, as it often takes far longer to calm down than you imagine. Set a timer for 15 minutes and have your child tilt their head forward slightly, then pinch their nose tightly just below the nasal bone with a towel or tissues.

Chipped tooth

A chipped tooth with an exposed nerve needs to be seen to straight away; call your dentist immediately and see if they can fit you in, or make other arrangements. Gently rinse a knocked-out permanent tooth and put it back in its socket at once. Ask your child to hold it in place by biting a paper towel or a clean washcloth.

Burns

The skin will either be red and blistered or worse will appear white or black if it is a third-degree burn, which requires immediate medical attention. For a basic burn, hold the area under a cool tap for up to 15 minutes to cool the skin, ease pain, and reduce inflammation. Apply an antibiotic lotion.

Bleeding wound

If the bleeding doesn’t stop after a few minutes of applying pressure, it could be serious. Flush the wound with tap water and soap, gently apply antibiotic ointment, and put on a bandage. If blood then seeps through the bandage, apply direct pressure for 15 minutes and elevate the injured area above the heart to stop the bleeding.

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*This is general first aid information. Seek immediate professional help if your child is seriously injured.