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Dealing with Emergencies

Dealing with Emergencies

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Emergencies can take place any time, any place without prior notice. Learning a few basics can help you cope with emergencies in a better way.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Bleeding from small cut or abrasions:

  • Clean the wound with water and a mild soap.
  • Apply ointment and cover the wound with a bandage.
  • Examine the wound daily and change the bandage if required.
  • Call the doctor if the wound is red, swollen, tender, warm, or draining pus.

After a fall watch carefully for the next 24 hours for unusual symptoms such as any changes in your child’s behaviour, difficulty in breathing or change in breathing pattern, seizure or unconsciousness in your child.

Bleeding from a large cut or laceration:

  • Wash the wound properly with water.
  • Place a piece of sterile gauze or a clean cloth over the wound and apply steady and direct pressure to the wound for 5 minutes using your palm.
  • You can also try and raise the bleeding body part above the level of the child’s heart.
  • If bleeding does not stop after 5 minutes take your child to the doctor immediately.

Contusion/Bruise/Swelling of any body part:

  • Contusion occurs due to an injury to the skin of any body part resulting in discolouration of skin.
  • Apply a cold compress to contusion, which may help minimise swelling and bruising.

Handling burn injuries:

  • If your child has a severe burn which has occurred from electricity or a chemical or from fire, call your doctor immediately.
  • Until you reach the doctor place a cool, wet cloth on the burn and gently place a bandage on the burn.
  • Most importantly, do not apply any home remedies such as butter on the burn.

Dealing with poisoning:

  • Kids often put anything in their mouth and accidentally they might consume poisonous materials.
  • Seek for medical help immediately, if you suspect that your child has consumed any poisonous material. Observe for signs such as drowsiness, sudden change in behavior, unusual smell or noticeable proof of medicine or cleaning products on the child’’s lips or clothes, or on the floor or instance of excessive drooling or vomiting.

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