Knowing how to perform first aid is important, but the procedures that you would use for an adult may not be appropriate for a toddler whose body is smaller and still developing. Here are tips on how to treat common injuries your youngster may experience.
Toddler Cuts & Scrapes
If your child gets a cut, clean it with water and soap. Other products can cause stinging and skin damage. Apply antibiotic ointment and cover the cut with a bandage. If blood soaks through the bandage, elevate the injured area and apply direct pressure.
If the wound is large, your child may need stitches. Take your toddler to the pediatrician or emergency room. If bleeding continues for more than 10 minutes, or if you think there may be a foreign object in the affected area, go to the emergency room.
Choking is common, especially with young children, who may put all sorts of objects that they shouldn’t in their mouths. If your toddler is coughing and can talk or make sounds, the child may be able to cough up the object without assistance.
If your toddler can’t talk or is unresponsive, have someone call 911. Pick up the child, turn the toddler face down, and deliver firm blows between the shoulder blades using the heel of your hand. If you manage to dislodge the object, but your toddler is unable to speak or breathe normally afterward, go to the emergency room.
Toddler Head Injury
If your toddler has an accident that results in head trauma, you’ll first need to figure out how serious the injury is. A child with a concussion may lose consciousness, vomit, have a bad headache, seem sleepy or confused, or have trouble walking. If your toddler shows any of those symptoms, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
If the injury doesn’t seem too serious, call your child’s pediatrician for advice. The doctor may advise you to apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel and to let your toddler rest. You can give your child acetaminophen for pain, but don’t give your toddler ibuprofen because it can increase bleeding. Keep an eye on your child and look for any changes that could be cause for concern.
Have First Aid Supplies Available When You Need Them
As all parents know, toddlers get into accidents. You can treat some common injuries yourself. Make sure that you have at least one first aid kit available at all times. You should have one in your home, as well as in your vehicle. 1st Aid Supplies sells first aid kits and cabinets that you can transport easily or mount on a wall in your house. Order first aid supplies today.