All parents and educators alike wish injuries in our children never happen, but reality is, bumps and scrapes are inevitable when it comes to raising children. Ensure you keep calm during those situations by familiarising yourself with basic first aid tips to help you get through them!
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1. Skin Wounds
Skin wounds are the most common injuries any child will sustain. We encourage all our parents in our various childcare centres in Sydney to ensure their children are up-to-date on the necessary tetanus vaccinations for their child’s safety.
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Have your child tilt his or head slightly forward and using a tissue or towel, pinch the nose tightly just below the nasal bone. Keep this position for ten to 15 minutes as you wait for the bleeding to stop. Make sure you keep your child from leaning back as the blood may travel down the throat and to the stomach, which may cause vomiting. An hour after the bleeding has stopped, you may apply petroleum jelly to the nose to keep it moist.
Seek medical assistance if bleeding has not stopped after 30 minutes or if it caused by trauma.
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In the event your child accidentally swallows a toy or a big piece of food, talk to your child immediately. If he or she can answer you, that means the airways are clear. If not, dial 000 or 112 before attempting to dislodge it. Then pick up your child, turn him or facedown and using the heel of your hand, strike between the shoulder blades. Repeat until the foreign object is expelled or medical assistance arrives.
At Little Zak’s, we know what a big hazard choking is for our children’s safety. Our different centres, such as our Brookvale early learning centre, make it a point to carefully keep small objects away from our children’s reach.
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4. Twisted Ankle
Have your child sit down and elevate the injured ankle above the heart level. Then, apply an ice pack (or a pack of frozen vegetables) for 15 minutes every hour. Refrain from soaking it in warm water or applying a heating pad as heat can increase swelling and pain! If your child can’t put weigh on the injured ankle or if it’s looking deformed, immediately head to the hospital as this could mean it is broken or dislocated rather than just sprained.
Keep these essential first aid tips in mind the next time your child gets a booboo!