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Christmas is coming which means the children are at home running around the house looking for pressies, playing with Christmas tree lights and stuffing interesting things in their mouths.  You really do need an extra pair of eyes to stop them from coming to any harm.   I don't want to sound all doom and gloom, especially as it is the festive season, but over a million children a year under 14 visit emergency rooms because of accidental injuries in the home and nearly 580,000 of these children are under 5 years old.

 

Even more alarming are the results of a survey that showed that nine out of ten parents said when asked that they would not know what to do if their child stopped breathing.

 

It is scary to think of your child stopping breathing and hopefully it will never happen, but what if it did; would you know how to resuscitate your child? Or how to dislodge something stuck in their throats? Just as important would the person looking after your child know what to do?

 

 

The Child Accident and Prevention Trust list their top four accidental injuries in the home as:

 

  • Falls that account for almost 25% of all home accidental injuries to children. They are the most common single cause of home accidental injury.
  • Striking or collisions - these have the same injury rates for both the younger children (birth to 5) and for older children (ages 5 to 14)
  • Burns and Scalds affects babies and toddlers three times more frequently than children over 5. Scalds from hot drinks are the most common cause.
  • Poisoning is occurs when children eat or drink medicines, household cleaners and chemicals, DIY and gardening substances. Over 90% of children accidentally poisoned in the home are under 4.

 

Prevention is the best way to avoid any accidents and the Child Accidental and Prevention Trust www.capt.org.uk offers free advice on accident prevention.

 

Learning basic life saving skills and essential first aid could save your child's life. It could also stop a minor accident becoming a major one. First Aid is not rocket science; the hardest bit is picking up the phone and booking yourself on a course. And if money is a concern just think of it as a new pair of shoes or lunch with friends.

First Aid Tips from Safe &Sound, (Child Safety and First Aid Course Providers)

 

 

Minor Burns and Scalds

 

  • Cool the burn with cold running water for at least ten minutes to stop the burning and relieve the pain. If cold water is not available use another cold harmless liquid such as milk.
  • Get medical help for any burn or scald, which is larger than a 50p coin.
  • Remember to keep calm and give lots of comfort and reassurance to the child.
  • Remove carefully any jewelry belts, restrictive clothing, or footwear from the injury before it begins to swell.
  • Cover the burn with a sterile dressing or clean dry non- fluffy material, and secure loosely.  A plastic bag or a piece of cling film can be used as an alternative temporary dressing.

 

 

Electrocution

 

Electrocution caused by an electric current running though a childís body can cause burns at both the entry and exit point and in some cases may stop breathing and heart function.

 

Never approach a child who has been electrocuted by high voltage from a power line or overhead cable until you have received official confirmation that the power has been turned off.

 

 

ACTION

 

  • Assessing danger is crucial before attempting to help a child who has suffered electrocution
  • Switch off the electric current at the mains, if possible
  • If you are unable to switch off the current, stand on some sort of dry insulating material such as a telephone book or a plastic mat and use a wooden broom handle or chair to isolate the child from the source of electricity
  • Do not touch the child unless you are sure that they are not in contact with the electric current.

 

 

TREATMENT

 

  • Treat any burnsIf the child appears to be unharmed, make her rest and seek medical advice
  • If the child appears to be unharmed, make her rest and seek medical advice
  • If the child is unconscious follow the procedure for ABC (airways, breathing, circulation - a baby

 

Cuts and grazes

 

To minimise the risk of infection minor cuts and grazes should be dealt with as follows:

 

  • Calm and reassure the child.
  • Locate and examine the cut.
  • Irrigate the cut with water
  • Try to gently remove any dirt or grit. (not objects that have been imbedded)
  • If bleeding persists apply pressure over a clean dressing. When bleeding stops cover with a non-fluffy sterile dressing or plaster.

 

IF THE BLEEDING IS PERSISTENT HAVE THE INJURY MEDICALLY ASSESSED

 

Nose Bleeds

 

  • Sit the child down and tilt his head forward.
  • Pinch the fleshy part of his nostrils together for 10 minutes.
  • Tell him to breathe through his mouth.
  • Tell the child to spit out any blood in his mouth into a bowl or tissue.
  • If the bleeding has not stopped after 10 minutes release the pressure and then pinch for a further 10 minutes
  • Continue this procedure for up to 30 minutes. If the bleeding hasnít stopped after 30 minutes take the child to hospital, keeping his head forward and the nose pinched.
  • If bleeding stops within 30 minutes clean the area with dampened cotton wool.
  • Encourage the child to rest and tell him not to pick or blow his nose for a few hours

 

TAKE THE CHILD TO HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY IF THE BLOOD IS THIN AND WATERY AND FOLLOWS A HEAD INJURY.

 

The above information is a brief outline and should not be taken as a substitute for attending a First Aid Course.

 

For more information about paediatric first aid courses in your area call Safe & Sound 0208 449 8722 www.safe-and-sound.org.uk info@safe-and-sound.org.uk







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