As we grow older, we tend to look back at stories of injury with rose-tinted glasses. However, if these happen in the present they can be a terrifying experience. While staying calm and having the right kind of care insurance is essential – so is knowing what to do.
To help you accomplish this, here are three tips when dealing first aid to children.
While staying calm is important, so is knowing what to do in a first aid situation.
What to do if a child has an object lodged in its ear
If you can see the object and it is easily reached with tweezers – try and softly grip it and slowly remove it. However, if it is lodged deeper, either out of sight or out of reach, tweezers may push it deeper.
In situations like these, it is important to take your child to a doctor as soon as possible to avoid serious tissue damage. Additionally, making a claim against your insurance policy could help you with any medical costs.
Removing glass or other splintered objects
Glass is ubiquitous in households around the world. It is used in windows, sliding doors, cups, ornaments, mirrors, and lamps – just to name a few – and while it looks good, it can also be a dangerous material around children.
With the advent of safety glass, the risk posed by broken glass is diminishing. But the likelihood every glass hazard in a household is comprised of this material is quite low. As such, it is important to know what to do if children find themselves with a glass splinter.
Do you know how to respond?
Most splinters, including those from wood, can be removed at home with the help of tweezers and a needle. Before you begin, it is important that you sterilise these tools with either alcohol or over a flame. Follow this up by cleaning the affected area with warm soapy water – washing around the splinter to ensure you don’t aggravate it.
During the removal stage, it is important that the child does not wriggle around. To avoid this, have the child sit on your lap or ask another adult to hold and comfort them. In most cases, the splinter will not be lodged too deep in the skin and can be removed by grasping it gently and pulling in the same direction the splinter is pointing.
However, If the splinter is not protruding from the skin you will need to use the needle to cut a small incision into the skin around the splinter and use the tweezers to pull it out. If the splinter is not made of wood, you can soak the area in warm water to soften the skin.
Apply first aid to a choking baby
Seeing a baby play with toys is a lot of fun, however, this can swiftly change if something becomes lodged in their throats. In response, parents, guardians or care givers should not panic and instead, follow these step outlined by the Red Cross.
Seeing a baby play with toys is a lot of fun, however, this can swiftly change if something becomes lodged in their throats.
Holding the baby face down – with their head below their bottom – firmly strike the middle of the baby’s back, between the shoulder blades. Repeat this five times.
If this fails to dislodge the stuck object, turn the baby over, ensuring that they are facing upwards. Using the index and middle finger push inwards and upwards in the middle of the chest, just below the nipples.
You should repeat both techniques for three cycles, however, if the object is still lodged dial 000 and request medical assistance from the authorities.
These techniques are specific to certain situations. Yet, when applying first aid in any respect, it is important to remember that to be competent you need to stay calm. It is also helpful to remember that first aid aims to make people feel better, as such you should talk and comfort them when the situation allows.
After first aid has been applied, there could be some associated medical bills. To find out how these could affect you financial health, talk to Nannysure today.