Head and neck injuries in children.

Head and neck injuries in children.

Suspect a head and or neck injury if a child Falls from a height Is not fully alert Falls from a height greater than the child’s height Falls off a bicycle without a helmet Got a direct hit to the head Involved in a motor vehicle accident Complains of neck or back pain, tingling or weakness in the arms or legs Signs of head injury: Has a seizure Vomits Does not respond or move Is sleepy Is confused Has trouble walking Inconsolable Has...

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Gagging versus severe choking.

Gagging versus severe choking.

Gagging: Is normal Baby’s gag reflex is close to the front of the mouth. Gagging gets food or objects out of the back of mouth. Gagging is nature’s way of preventing airway obstruction. Baby is making sound such as coughing or the gagging sound. No need to intervene. Severe Choking: An object is lodged in the airway. There is no sound. The airway is blocked. There is no breathing or air movement. Baby’s color is blue around the lips. It’s a...

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New Infant CPR guidelines.

The 2010 American Heart Association Guide lines for CPR emphasize the need for high- quality CPR. There is a change in the sequence of steps from A-B-C (Airway, Breathing, Chest Compressions) to C-A-B (Compressions, Airway Breathing). A compression rate of at least 100/min (a change from “approximately” 100/min. A compression depth of at least one third the depth of the anterior-posterior diameter of the chest for infants. This is...

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When buying toys for your children beware of choking hazards..

Choking Hazards Infants and toddlers put everything in their mouths. It’s how they explore the world. Choking on balloons, balls, toys, or toy parts is the most common cause of toy-related deaths. Consumers should remember to read and heed age labels on toys. The labels are not about the cognitive level of the child, but about the fact that infants and toddlers put everything in their mouths and can choke on small parts. Consumers...

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Crib Safety.

At work today at the Neonatal Intensive Care, I listened to a woman Joyce Davis speak on crib safety. Had no idea that in the last 2 years, safety standards for cribs changed and 5 million cribs, bassinets and play-yards have been voluntarily recalled. My friend Pauline, a Neonatal Physician Assistant looked up her crib and sure enough it was included AND her pack and play. As an NICU nurse and PA we really had no idea that any of these recalls...

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