First Aid Every Parents Should Know
So one day, I was reading thru a Parenting apps I have on my iphone and stumbled upon a short but useful information about first aid. It was very useful that I thought I’d share them with you.
As your kids starts walking, and running, and climbing, they are bound to have accidents one way or another. I usually tell Naia to be careful but I would let her try, even experience falling so that she knows that whatever she does may cause something that would hurt her. So it’s expected that cuts and scrapes would be part of a toddler’s period. So what do you do to treat them effectively so that it heals better? Here are some of the first aid tips that every parents should know:
1. Clean the area with water to get rid of any debris. Then flush the wound with ruuning water for at least 90 seconds – not the 10 or 15 seconds most of us do – to wash any bacteria. It’s the pressure that’s most important for zapping germs, but if there’s no tap, use baby wipes or bottled water until you can get to a bathroom.
2. Wash gently with soap and water.
3. Pat it dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. If the wound’s still bleeding, apply pressure to the area for five minutes. You’ll be tempted, but don’t peek! Releasing it before the blood has had time to clot may make the cut bleed faster. Reapply if bleeding hasn’t stopped. If that does not work after 10 minutes, get medical help.
4. Don’t disinfect with rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or iodine. All three can sting or burn, and they’re just not needed. Soap & water are enough.
5. Apply an antibiotic cream. Put it on as soon as the cut is cleaned and each time you change the bandage.
6. Don’t allow a wound to air. That would just create a scab, slowing the skin from healing and increasing the chances of infection and scarring. Keep them covered until it’s healed.
7. Check the wound daily. Change the bandange only when it gets wet, dirty, or worn-out looking. If your kid likes to peel it off, try a waterproof brand cuz it’s thinner and harder to remove.
8. Ask about tetanus shot, especially if it’s a punctured wound. This kind of cut makes it easier for tetanus, bacteria that can cause a debilitating disease, to get into the bloodstream.
From my experience, toddlers hate to be told “no” to. The more you say “no”, the more they want to try. So, to make it easier for both of you, let them try. Just be prepared how to handle the wounds in case they do fall. It’s part of their learning experience.
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