The Top 5 First Aid Skills Parents Need to Know

If there’s one truth that’s true about pretty much every child, it’s the fact that they are all accident prone. Some children are clumsier than others but all children are likely to come down with their share of injuries as they grow up. Some injuries will be more severe than others but as a parent you need a good idea how to properly handle anything your child comes crying to you with. Here are the top 5 First Aid Skills every parent needs to learn:

  1. 1. Treating Cuts, Scrapes and Other Minor Wounds

    Your child is more likely to get these kinds of low-level, minor wounds than they are to suffer from any other injuries. These small cuts and scrapes aren’t particularly serious, but if you don’t take care of them properly they can get infected and become more painful and dangerous than they otherwise would have ever been. 

    Most of these small wounds are going to heal alright on their own, but learning how to clean and treat them will help ease the pain they cause and will insure they heal as quickly as possible.

  2. 2. Stopping Bloody Noses If there is any one injury that children suffer from more often than scrapes, cuts and bruises, it’s bloody noses.

    There are two main ways that children bloody their noses- either they bump their nose (from falling, walking into something, or getting hit in it) or they pick their nose aggressively enough to cause a bleed. Both forms of bleeding noses require the same basic treatment methods, which are simple yet important for parents to learn.

  3. 3. Taking Care of Burns While less common, children suffer from burns frequently enough that you need to learn how to both identify and treat them. Between fires, heating fixtures (like radiators), and boiling water, there are plenty of opportunities for your child to suffer a burn. While skinned knees and small cuts aren’t particularly serious, burns can be life-threatening when first aid for childrenthey are bad enough.

    It’s crucial that you learn how to identify the severity of a burn. Minor burns are unsightly and painful, but can easily be treated at home. Serious burns, on the other hand, require immediate professional attention and emergency treatment.

  4. 4. Choking Children put everything in their mouths, whether that object is a piece of old food they find on the ground or an appealing LEGO block. While the most important thing you can do to protect your child is make sure your home is clean and there are no potential choking hazards lying around, you need to know how to handle yourself and help your child in a ‘worst case scenario.’

    There are a few maneuvers you need to learn, the Heimlich being the first and most important. While there are plenty of people who know how to perform the Heimlich on adults, few people know how to perform the maneuver on children. Make sure you specifically learn how to deal with choking in babies, infants, toddlers and grade-school children.

  5. 5. CPR Similarly, it’s important you learn how to perform CPR on a child. If an adult requires CPR you usually have the luxury of being able to call 911 and receive instructions over the phone. But when your child requires CPR, they require it IMMEDIATELY. You won’t have the time to look up CPR for children online, or to receive instruction over the phone. Learn the procedure, and make it second nature so you can respond promptly when the need arises.

If you learn how to perform treatment under these five circumstances you will be prepared to properly deal with the most common forms of injury your child will fall prey to.

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