First Aid for Common Injuries With Kids
Even if you had superpowers, you won’t ever be able to keep a vigil on your kids 24*7. Kids are naughty and they’ll end up doing some mischief or the other. As a mother you have to be a cook, a handyman, teacher, emotional pillar and last but not the least, an EMT (even if that scares you). Before any other help arrives, you’ll be the one responsible for first aid. Thus, it makes sense to brush up with a few first
First Aid for Common Injuries
In case of severe allergic reactions
If your child suddenly breaks out in hives, develops breathing difficulties, has rashes or unusual itching, high chances she is experiencing allergic reactions. Swell lips or face is also a tell-a-tale sign of allergic reaction. In case there’s an EpiPen kind of epinephrine injector available, use it immediately. Take her to the ER even if she seems better afterward. If you don’t have the injection, call 911 quickly. Benadryl is
In case of nose bleeding
Tilt your child’s head a little forward and place a towel or tissue firmly, just below the nasal bone. If you happen to have Afrin Nasal Spray at home, squirt it a little in each nostril. Exercise caution and don’t stuff tissues inside the nostril ever. Patiently hold the position for at least 15-20 minutes. If you suspect the nose might be broken or the blessing doesn’t stop in half an hour, rush to ER. Do not allow your child to lean backward, as that might result in blood going down the stomach and she’ll throw up. Also, don’t let her blow nose for several hours as that might start bleeding again.
In case of injury to or knocked out tooth
The first and foremost step would be to call your dentist and schedule an appointment at the earliest. In
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In case of head injury
If your child gets injured on
In case of broken bone
Well a broken bone is very painful and your child might already be crying profusely from the pain. Do not attempt to move the broken bone. Call 911 immediately. Try to calm her down meanwhile, till the help arrives.
In case of eye injury
If your child is in severe pain and has heavy tearing, call 911 as soon as possible. Do not force open the eye or try to wash/flush it with water (in case of a direct heavy blow or trauma from a foreign object). In other (minor) cases, wash the eye with saline solution or clear tap water. Take her to ER if pain/ swelling or irritation doesn’t subside.
In case of choking
In case your child swallows any toy, try talking to her. If she is able to answer, her airway is clear but do take her to a doctor. And if she is unable to respond, put the phone on speaker and dial 911. While you talk on
In case of bleeding
Apply direct pressure on the wound for 10-15 minutes to stop bleeding. Elevate the diphenhydramine part above
In case of burns
To provide instant relief, hold the burnt area under a constant running tap of cool water for 15 to 20 minutes. You can substitute it with an ice pack later, continuously remember not to place ice directly over burned area (can lead to tissue damage). Next, to soothe skin and help it regenerate, apply the antiseptic ointment such as bacitracin. For pain relief, you can give your child ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Don’t apply butter or vitamin E to the burnt area. In case of the burns, head straight to ER. Do not self-treat at home.