First Aid Tips

Taking Care of Cuts and Scrapes

While cuts and scrapes are a relatively rare occurrence for most adults, most people with children have to deal with them on a fairly regular basis. There is no need to rush off to the emergency room for most minor cuts and scrapes, but knowing how to take proper care of them is important in order to prevent infection and other complications and speed the heeling process.

When your child comes running to you with a cut or scrape, the first thing to do is to calm him or her down so you can begin to stop the bleeding. Once you have reassured your child, you should apply pressure on the injured area with a clean cloth, gauze pad or tissue. You will need to resist the temptation to check if the wound is still bleeding and maintain firm pressure for several minutes.

Being Prepared for Emergency Situations

Even though you do everything in your power to keep your children safe and healthy, it is virtually inevitable that at some point you will be faced with an injury or illness that requires immediate medical attention. The best you can do is to prepare in advance for when such a situation does occur.

An emergency involving your child can be very stressful, making it difficult to think clearly, so the more information you have already on hand will be helpful. Keep all emergency phone numbers clearly posted in the kitchen, near any phones and easily retrievable on your cell phone.

Safety for Winter Activities and Sports

Winter is a great time to enjoy sports and other outdoor activities with the entire family. You can help make this winter fun and injury-free by making sure your children are dressed for the cold weather and follow some basic safety tips.

Before heading out into the cold, make sure your children are wearing appropriate clothing. Infants should be kept inside if it is extremely cold. If you do bring infants out in the cold, make sure their faces remain dry and change wet clothing and diapers frequently.

First Aid Kit for Your Family

Every family should have a well-stocked first aid kit in their home. With basic supplies on hand, you can provide immediate attention to your loved ones, taking care of minor injuries not requiring professional medical attention or providing temporary relief of more serious ones until professional assistance can be obtained.

If you or a family member suffers injuries such as a cut or burn, you can stop the bleeding and avoid infection simply by having the right supplies on hand. Of course, you should consider taking a first aid class to make sure you know how to properly use the supplies.

Household Safety

Bumps and bruises are a part of growing up and we shouldn’t expect to be able to completely protect our young ones from them. However, there are many things we can do to make sure our household is free from unnecessary risks to our children.

The short time it takes to inspect your house for hazards and make any adjustments is really worth it. By occasionally checking the safety of each room in your house, you can reduce the chances of your loved ones being injured.

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This resource is only a guide and does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or ignore professional medical advice because of something you have read on a website. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call a doctor, dial 911 or go directly to a hospital Emergency Room (ER).