Basic First Aid Advice For Parents

Dealing with the many scrapes and bruises that your children will accumulate while they are with you, is part of the job description of being a parent, along with sleep training, feeding, toilet training, and the countless other things you have to take on as a parent. While some things can be dealt with a kiss and a cuddle, other situations require a much more practical approach. It is, therefore, important to educate yourself on how to deal with a range of medical emergencies that you may one day come up against. Consider taking a first-aid training course which many training centers and organizations usually provide at a small cost, or even free of charge. The following information is not intended to replace medical opinion but provides basic information on how to deal with common medical emergencies that you may have to deal with at some point.

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Minor Burns


Burns as a result of overexposure to the sun, hot drinks, and even chemicals may require treatment from a medical professional and in some cases a trip to the ER.  Medical opinion dictates that if a burn is larger than the palm of the victim’s hand, then you should take them to the hospital. Equally, if it is in certain parts of the body, such as hands, feet, genitals or face, then you should also go straight to the hospital rather than attempting to treat it yourself. Do not try home remedies to burns unless approved by a medical professional as this may make the burn worse.



Breathing and Cardiac Arrest


As a parent, you will hopefully never have to deal with a situation in which one of your children or someone around you requires cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It is, however, important to be over prepared rather than under prepared. CPR  is required when an individual stops breathing,  which can result in a lack of oxygen to the heart and brain, and ultimately death. Educate yourself on the simple steps you can take to keep the oxygen flow to the heart and brain as you wait for the emergency services to arrive. Performing regular CPR on adults will be different to the way in which you perform CPR on children and babies, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the correct way to perform this procedure on this age group.


In cases of cardiac arrest, having an AED to hand can increase the survivability of the victim by shocking the person’s heartbeat back into rhythm. Take a look at the following link for life-saving equipment that you can use if someone is experiencing cardiac arrest Despite being more common in senior citizens, cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time, including children and infants. It is important to note that there are different ways to use a defibrillator on babies, children, and adults which your AED should clearly state.


Unknown rashes


Common rashes include diaper rash, eczema, and baby acne. However, it is important to get a proper diagnosis to rule out any other potentially dangerous conditions. Check out the link to a visual guide to rashes to spot common rashes and their causes: There are many reasons why your child may have a rash on their body, so before you diagnose the rash yourself think about what your child may have been in contact with, if they have eaten anything new or if they have been in a new environment such as a forest or park. See if the rash is accompanied by any other symptoms which may indicate an allergy or in severe cases anaphylaxis. With minor rashes, it is worth taking your child to a doctor to get it diagnosed and test for potential allergies.


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