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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Many Parents Make These 5 Dangerous Mistakes When Giving Their Children First Aid

Child sick for first aid mistake

When children are hurt, parents are quick to respond with treatment they feel will best help the child feel better and recover. But parents don't often know the best action to take to ensure the best outcome for their children. Some mistakes can actually do more harm to your child.

Here are 5 big mistakes parents often make in giving first aid:

#1 - Nose bleeds - never lean your child's head back during a nosebleed, contrary to what you might have believed. This can cause your child to choke on the blood. Instead, pinch the nose at the bridge (above the bone) to apply pressure that will stop the bleeding.

#2 - Burns - never put butter or ointment on your child's skin. This will not stop the burning. Some parents will hold their child's burn under cold water, but there is a better way. First, use cool, not cold, water. And make sure you hold the child's burn under the water for 10-20 minutes so the cool penetrates the skin and stops the burning under layers of skin. This will prevent further damage.

#3 - Not going to the hospital after car accidents - if you and your child are involved in an accident, even though your child seems fine, take them to the hospital to be checked out. Emergency responders say that effects of injuries can kick in hours after the accident, and some symptoms such as bleeding in the brain may not be detected right away. Don't take a chance. Go to the hospital.

#4 - Eye injuries - treating eye injuries is best left to hospital personnel. Short of chemical exposure and the immediate need to flush the eye, debris and other items embedded in the eye are best treated by covering the eye with gauze and taking the child to the hospital to avoid further injury.

#5 - Sprains - it's easy to get confused as to when it's best to apply cold or heat. Never apply heat to a sprain as it will cause further swelling. Treat sprains by applying a cold pack to reduce swelling.

For more information, visit www.rd.com/slideshows/first-aid-mistakes/
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