Kids being hard on the nerves as they start taking tumbles or become mobile is an understatement. We can unfortunately not prevent every single injury but how we deal with the aftermath can make all the difference in the recovery.
Here are some tips to deal with those all to nasty boo-boo’s:
In our previous article we gave some tips on cuts and scrapes, burn wounds, nose bleeds etc. Here are some tips on eye traumas and first-aid kit essentials:
When your child has severe pain, constant tearing, light sensitivity or blurry vision after being poked or hit in the eye, hold a cool, wet cloth over the area and head to the Emergency Room. He/she may have a scratch on the eye’s surface, which is best treated with prescription drops or ointment and heals within 48 hours.
*Insect stings and bites
If the insect left a stinger, gently scrape the skin with your fingernail or a credit card to remove it without breaking it (using tweezers can squeeze more venom). Call for an ambulance when your child has trouble breathing, is coughing, or develops a hoarse voice, hives, or swollen lips or tongue. For itching, hold a cold compress over the area for a minute and apply calamine lotion or topical antihistamine (if the skin isn’t broken or scabbed). Contact your doc if you suspect tick-bite fever.
Keeping your expression and tone of voice as relaxed as possible, can help to calm a child and defuse a panicky situation. If your child is younger than five, have another adult do the bandaging while you comfort your child.
Distract the patient with books or small toys and use age appropriate words to describe what is wrong and how you are dealing with the problem. Tell them if something (like an antiseptic) is going to burn – being surprised only creates more anxiety about what else is coming.
List of emergency contact numbers such as ambulance, family doctor, and paediatrician.
First Aid Essentials
Every parent needs a well- stocked kit at home and on the go. You can add extras to your kit, but make sure you have the basics right first. Don’t overstuff the first-aid kit and regularly check
Here is what is recommended you need in your first-aid kit:
- 4x Packs of sterile gauze
- Adhesive, hypoallergenic tape
- Adhesive bandages in several sizes
- 2x triangular elastic bandages
- 2x crepe roller bandages, 1 large and 1x small
- 2x large and 2x small sterile dressing
- 2 x sterile eye dressing
- 2x eye pads with bandages
- 1x pack of sterile cotton-wool swabs
- Assorted plasters
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antibiotic cream
- 1x pack of paracetamol tablets, including liquid paracetamol
- Rehydration sachets
- Sharp scissors
- 6x safety pins
- Digital thermometer
- 2x pair of gloves
- Torch and spare batteries
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