With all their curiosity and energy, babies and children are at times naturally prone to accidents. Medical emergencies of every size like choking, burns or cuts happen all the time and you are never quite sure when or where they will occur. This is why all parents should consider attending a first aid course – to learn basic first aid skills needed which will enable them confidently react to different situations. The Irish Red Cross trains individuals or groups in the skills necessary to recognise and provide first aid training for injuries and sudden illness until medical personnel arrive and take over.
Here are key things parents need to be aware of to keep their children safe at home or outside the house;
CUTS A laceration is a cut in the skin usually caused by a sharp object. Cuts and lacerations are common in young children. Usually, parents can treat them at home, however treatment of cuts or lacerations typically depends on just how deep the cut is.
POSTURE – put the casualty sitting or lying down in case they feel faint
EXPOSE & EXAMINE – remove or move whatever clothes you need to, to check the wound
ELEVATE- raise the injury above the heart, this slows down the bleeding
PRESSURE PAD & BANDAGE – apply a pressure pad and bandage securely but don’t cut off circulation.
Burns or scalds are a real hazard in every home. Babies and young children are especially at risk to burns or scalds – they’re curious, small and have sensitive skin that needs extra protection. Although some minor burns aren’t a cause for concern and can be safely treated at home, other more serious burns require medical care. However, taking some simple precautions to make your home safer can prevent many burns.
Burns and scalds are damage to the skin caused by heat. Both are treated in the same way. A burn is caused by dry heat – by an iron or fire, for example. A scald is caused by something wet, such as hot water or steam.
Burns can be very painful and may cause
- Red Skin
- White or charred skin
The amount of pain you feel isn’t always related to how serious the burn is. Even a very serious burn may be relatively painless.
I hope this helps you keep your children safe at home or outside the house.
For further information about our courses or to book a course, visit www.redcross.ie/firstaid
Alternatively contact the Irish Red Cross first aid team on 01 642 4679 or lo-call 1890-502-502.