First aid for animal bites in children.

First aid for animal bites in children.

An animal bite can become infected due to bacteria in the animals mouth. It is very important to make sure your childs’ tetanus is up to date. Most animal bites are from dogs and cats. If your child is bitten by a wild animal it is important to report it to animal control. The animal may need to be captured and tested for rabies. Raccoons, foxes and bats carry and can transmit rabies. What should you do for an animal bite? Apply pressure...

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Bleeding.

Bleeding.

Your child gets cut and there is blood everywhere. What should you do? Regardless of the type of bleeding the First Aid is the same. Stay calm. Remember if it is from the face or scalp there may be a lot of bleeding because the skin is thin and the area is very vascular. Expose the wound by removing or cutting the clothes. Apply direct pressure using gauze, a clean cloth, washcloth or towel over the entire wound. If bleeding is from the arm or...

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when does a wound need to be evaluated for stitching or suturing?

when does a wound need to be evaluated for stitching or suturing?

How to evaluate if an open wound needs stitching. Here are three ways to do so: 1. Look at the depth of the open wound. Can you see yellow, fatty tissue? Is there bone exposed? Is it more than 1/4 inch deep? 2. Look at the width of the wound. Can you pull the two sides together easily? Can you hold it together with bandaging? 3. Where is the wound located? Is it located where there is a lot of movement involved? For example, the elbow, knees,...

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What do you do in the first five minutes in an emergency with an infant or child?

What do you do in the first five minutes in an emergency with an infant or child?

1. Take a deep breath and make sure the surroundings are safe for you. It will serve no purpose to run into a dangerous situation. 2. Try to find out what happened to determine what kind of injuries the infant or child sustained. 3. If you think the child has neck or back injuries DO NOT MOVE him unless he is in an unsafe area or is face down and needs CPR. 4. Assess for immediate life-threatening problems. Use the C-A-B steps of CPR if the...

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Treadmills and kids don’t mix.

Treadmills and kids don’t mix.

This is a picture of my friend and co-workers’ 5-year old son’s injury from a moving treadmill. Luckily his very quick thinking sister pulled the emergency stop button and tore away his shirt preventing a much worst injury… Other potential treadmill injuries include head injuries, broken bones, trauma and death. The moving belt of a treadmill can cause friction injuries or entrap small fingers, hair, and clothing if children...

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Administering liquid medication to young children.

Administering liquid medication to young children.

Parents beware when giving liquid medication to your child. Do not use a silverware spoon. They are not all the same. The measurement could be as small as a half teaspoon or up to 2 teaspoons. Cooking measurement spoons are accurate but can spill easily. Oral syringes are accurate and easy to use. They can also be used to take the medication to your childs’ daycare or school. Be careful to keep the cap out of the reach of small children....

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