A friend’s grandchild was recently injured in a fall. Since the wound was to the mouth, there was a lot of blood involved. Accidents happen so quickly and sometimes adults are not present at the scene of the accident. As summer begins, it may be a good idea to review some basic first aid tips with your child.
A really important skill for a child is the ability to call 911 effectively. The child needs to know their numbers, in order to recognize 9-1-1. You can also pre-program the number into your phone but make sure the child understands how to use the pre-programmed feature of your phone. The child also needs to be able to speak to the operator and describe the problem. It is even better if the child knows their address or the address of the accident.
For young children accidents often involve bleeding. Whether a scraped knee, nosebleed, or a cut, bleeding can be a bit frightening for younger children. Teach them that when they see blood, they should apply pressure. Then they are likely to stop the bleeding before an adult can help. Teach them to use a clean cloth, if available, but if not available a bare hand will work. If they have the injured friend apply the pressure to themselves then your child will be free to go for help.
Teach the child that treating a burn means getting to some water to cool the burn. They should run cool water over the burn. Later, an adult can clean the wound and bandage it if necessary.
Review these first aid techniques with your child or grandchild so they will be prepared for the bumps and bruises of summer.