Quick and Handy First Aid Tips for Common Accidents

Stumbles are not only frequent with business men but also with toddlers from the moment they take their first step. It may not be possible to keep them away from falling but follow these below tips to make them feel better.

Cut or Scrape
Press firmly over the area where there is bleeding with a clean cloth until it stops.Show the wound under lukewarm running water and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment preferably Neosporin or Bacitracin if the wound has peeled off some skin, then cover with a bandage or gauze and adhesive tape. Repeat the same until the cut heals, so your child can’t pick at it.

Hold the burn affected area immediately under cool running water or place a cold, wet towel until the pain declines. Cover any small blisters with a loose bandage or gauze and tape; call a doctor as soon as possible if burns are on the face, hands, or genitals, or if they’re larger than 1/4 inch anywhere on the body. Don’t pop any blisters, apply an anti-biotic cream and cover the area if the skin is broken. Look out for any redness, swelling, tenderness, or discharge — all signs of infection.

Make your child sit upright, but don’t tilt her head back. Loosen any tight clothing around her neck. Pinch the lower end of her nose close and hold for 10-12 minutes. If it is due to trauma, hold an ice pack to slow down the bleeding. If condition persists rush to the doctor.

Splinter or Glass

Use soap and water to wash around the splinter. Clean a pair of tweezers with rubbing alcohol and slowly pull the splinter out. Wash the skin again. If the kid has stepped on shards of glass, cover the area with clean cloth and seek medical attention.

Eye Trauma
If your child has been hit or poked in the eye and eventually faces severe pain, constant tearing, light sensitivity, or blurry, hold a cool, wet cloth over the area and head to the E.R. Minor scratch on the eye’s surface can be treated with prescription drops or ointment and usually heals within 48 hours. If a chemical has been splashed in his eye, hold the lid open and flush with lukewarm water and rush to the hospital.

Insect Bite or Sting
Gently scrape the skin with a credit card to remove the insect stinger without breaking it. (Using tweezers can squeeze out more venom.) Call emergency if your child has trouble breathing, is coughing, or develops a hoarse voice, swollen lips or tongue.For itching, hold a cold compress over the affected area for a minute, or apply calamine lotion or a 1% hydrocortisone cream or topical antihistamine. Connect to your doc if you suspect a tick bite.


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