This week we are thrilled to have Kate from Bumps And Bashes on our blog. Kate teaches parents and grandparents the essentials of first aid around Greater Manchester.
We don’t believe in wrapping babies and children in cotton wool. Kids play, it’s how they learn but bumps, bashes and everyday accidents are inevitable. If it’s more serious and your child needs your help in an emergency, would you know what to do? Here are a few tips and bits of advice to keep in mind.
Small Burn or Scalds
Saturate with cold water for a minimum of 10 minutes, remove jewellery or watches, cover with a non-fluffy sterile dressing, cling firm will do and reassure the child. Never put butter on a burn or scald – it’s an Old Wives’ Tale. Butter is for toast, not for injuries.
Also, don’t burst a blister, apply any creams to a scald or touch the burnt area.
If someone faints or is unsteady get them on the floor before they cause more injury to themselves. Lower them to the floor raise their legs and allow fresh air to get to their face. Loosen clothing and reassure them. Don’t put them on a chair with their head between their knees.
Sit the child down, leaning head forward and ask them to pinch the soft part of their nose. Reassure them. If after 10 minutes the bleeding has not stopped, repeat for another 10 minutes. If after 30 minutes the bleeding has still not stopped, get them checked out. Don’t ask them to tilt their head back.
First aid kits
If you have a first aid kit, mark it “First Aid”. If it’s in an old biscuit tin, it is no good if you are the only person who knows where it is. If it’s on top of the fridge, let everyone know.
If you haven’t got a kit handy, improvise. Bandages can be replaced by the cleanest thing near you, a towel, t-shirt or tea towel will do. But not tissues. If it’s an injury that’s serious, it will need to be looked at by a professional and dressed properly.
Plasters - have lot’s and let’s hope that’s the only thing you will need.