12 First Aid Tips for a Baby or Toddler in case of an Emergency

Disclaimer: I’m not a Pediatrician. This was initiated after reading Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. I couldn’t help but feel disturbed by how Brady Hartsfield’s mother handled the situation when her toddler son was chocked in the process of eating an apple slice. She made the situation even worse which led to brain injury. What First Aid treatment would she rather have done? That’s the question that was seared into my mind until I began my research.

Let’s take a look at some of the First Aid tips to consider when we have babies or toddlers around us.

Head Injury

✓ Keep the child still in case he/she has hurt his neck and prompt medical attention.
✓ Don’t give your child painkillers.
✓ You can hold an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel to reduce any swelling.

Allergic Reaction

✓ When introducing food solids, bath, and body products to your baby, introduce one new item at a time.
✓ If it persists or irritates the child, prompt medical attention.

Chipped Tooth

✓ Make a call to the dentist.
✓ If the tooth is loose, do not just pluck it out. Let your child hold it in its spot by biting a paper towel, a clean washcloth or cotton wool.

Nosebleed

✓ Tilt the head of your child slightly forward and put firm pressure on the soft part of the nose.
✓ Do not allow your child to LEAN BACK because the blood will flow down the throat and cause choking. If swallowed, it fills the stomach causing irritation leading to nausea, pain, and vomiting.
✓ Encourage less blowing of the nose for some hours.
PLEASE please do not stuff cotton up the nostril.

Eye Injury

✓ If severe, prompt medical attention.
✓ If the eyes were hit, don’t force them to be open.
✓ If the child can open his/her eyes, tap some water into them delicately.

Chocking

✓ Turn the child FACEDOWN. Using the heel of your hand, give a firm back blows between the shoulder blades.
✓ If persists, prompt medical attention.
DO NOT PUT YOUR FINGERS DOWN HIS/HER THROAT.
(This is what Brady’s mother did, giving the doctors a hard time to save the child’s normalcy because more damage was done.)

Bleeding Wound

✓ If it’s minor, cleanse by pouring some soapy water, dab some ointment and put a bandage.
✓ If severe, blood is gushing and you can see deep tissues or bone, don’t wait. Prompt medical attention.

Poisoning

✓ No short cut! Prompt medical attention.

Burns

✓ Ease the pain under a cool tap.
✓ If a blister forms, apply ointment and put a bandage.
✓ If the burn is severe, prompt medical attention.

Seizure

✓ Place the child on his/her side and make sure there is nothing in the mouth.
✓ And call your doctor as soon as possible.

Drowning

✓ Gently tilt the head BACK to open the airway and check for breathing.
✓ If there is breathing and unresponsive, keep him/her in a recovery position. If still unresponsive, prompt medical attention.
Recovery position is cradling the child in your arms with his/her head tilted downwards.
✓ If there is responsive breathing, still prompt medical attention.
✓ If there is no breathing, start CPR till medical assistance arrives.

Electric Shock

✓ Unplug the appliance or switch off the main supply if not certain of where the power charge came from.
✓ Use a non-metallic object which draws positive charges of electricity from the body.
✓ Then gently tilt the head BACK to open the airway and check for breathing.
✓ If there is breathing and unresponsive, keep him/her in a recovery position. If still unresponsive, prompt medical attention.
✓ If there is breathing and responsive, head to the medical center.
✓ If there is no breathing, start CPR till medical assistance arrives.

Have your Pediatrician on Speed Dial!

NEVER take matters into your own hands.

 

Happy Reading 💚

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Mr. Mercedes

Image Credits to Janko Ferlič

 

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