First aid safety for your child

You are not always around your child, meaning you could miss moments when they get hurt.

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25Jan

This is why it is important for your child to know what to do when they are hurt and how to help others without endangering themselves.

It’s best to make sure your little one is equipped with first aid knowledge

Doctor James Hubbard gives some tips on equipping your little ones with first aid knowledge:

 

Calling 10111

The first thing your child should do in the case of emergency is call 10111. If your child is old enough to know the number, they’re old enough to call emergency services. “Teach your kids to tell the operator they need help and to provide an address for emergency personnel. Keep your address next to all the landlines, or put it into your phone where your child can find it,” says Hubbard.

 

Getting to know the first aid kit

All homes and schools should have a first aid kits, which everyone should be able to use. Show your child where it is located and what everything in it is used for.

 

Stopping bleeding

Teach your little one how to help a bleeding peer without putting themselves in danger. “If your child is helping another person, ask them to find some plastic to put on their hands to protect themselves from the blood. Better yet, ask them to have their friend put pressure on their own wound,” says Hubbard.

 

CPR for kids

“Usually, a child is 10 or older before they have enough strength and weight to press a chest down for effective CPR. If your child is old enough, why not take the whole family for a CPR course?” says Hubbard.

 

Treating burns and bee stings

It is expected for your little one to burst into tears when they get burned or if a bee stings them, but it is important to teach them not to panic or do anything drastic.

 

Have your little one cool down a burn with water until an adult is able to assist them. Do not have them rub the burn or put any cream on it.

 

Bees usually leave a barbed sting in the skin and then die. Teach your child to remove the sting as soon as possible (within 30 seconds) to limit the amount of venom injected, using a fingernail to flick/scratch out the barb.