Being a parent is not an easy job, it not only calls for being a counselor, care taker, guardian but also at times acting as an immediate doctor too when the child sustains an injury. Even though the accident can be minor, but if you are not well prepared for it then it may well turn out to be a disaster and the child may suffer through its trauma. It is essential to know what should be done to handle the situation in a better manner or until the paramedics or the emergency care arrives. Given here are a few of the common injuries and tips to deal with them.

Head Injury

Head injury is a common phenomenon with young kids who often bump their head unknowingly in furniture or even fall off while playing. The biggest sign is that of a protrusion on the head, the only red flag would be if they pass out even for a few seconds, but pressing can be painful, in that case, don’t press. If the kid is vomiting, complaining of a headache or difficulty in walking then it is time to rush him/her to ER.

How to Deal With Kids injury

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What can you do?

Check for other injuries around neck and shoulders. Ensure that they are kept awake and if they pass out or have trouble waking up then it is alarming. Carry your child and let them lie down while you call for the ER.

Allergic Reaction

Often it is difficult to know what the child is allergic to. It is only known when they develop a severe allergic reaction to food or an outside object. Breaking into hives immediately, swelling on face, around lips, constant cough, breathing difficulty are signs of allergic reaction.

What can you do?

If your child is already diagnosed with allergy then keep them calm and rush to the ER immediately.

Chipped or Knocked-Out Tooth

Dental damages occur due to fall, play injury or when they sustain physical blow around their mouth. This may lead to chipped tooth or loosening of a tooth. You will immediately notice redness and swelling or possible bleeding in the mouth from that particular tooth area.

What can you do?

Immediately rinse off their mouth with cool water. Do not touch the tooth but carefully examine if it is already coming out or not. If it is too loose then let your kid bite a paper towel to hold it into place while you drive to the dentist.

Nosebleed

Nosebleeds happen on their own especially during hot temperatures or even due to an injury sustained around the nose area. Most of the time it is not as alarming as it looks.

What can you do?

Gently elevate the face or your child in a position where they are looking at the ceiling. Then pinch the nose of the child on the bridge where the bone and the soft part meets, then have them lean forward. This should stop the bleeding. However, ensure that the injury is not directly on the nose, if this is the case then do not touch the nose, gently wipe off the blood, hold a towel against it softly and rush to the doctor.

Eye Injury

The moment your child comes rushing to you with eyes red, swollen or watering, it is time to recognize an eye injury. They might be constantly complaining about itching eyes and inability to open their eyes at times.

What can you do?

Immediately splash their eyes with cool water to flush out the debris. Another thing that you can do is pour the saline solution into it. Check if they are feeling better and even then consult the eye specialist immediately.

Choking

Your child is coughing, having difficulty breathing and is holding their throat or are about to faint, this entire means they are chocked. Often, kids who are swallowing their food suffer, small kids choke on toys while other injuries occur during play time.

What can you do?

Ask the kid to cough it up and if it does not work then perform the Heimlich manoeuvre. Stand behind the child, reach out around the waist, placing the fist above the belly button and grabbing it with another hand. Now pull up in a quick action. Repeat till the foreign object is expelled from the mouth. Check if they can speak or have not passed out, either way, it is alarming if there is no positive response. Call for 911.

Bleeding Wound

Minor cuts, bruises, scraped knees and injured elbows are common with kids at play. If this is what your kid complains about then it is easily manageable.

What can you do?

First, clean the wound with cool water or under running tap water. Apply pressure for few minutes to stop bleeding. Use a clean dishcloth as a tourniquet while you make a call for 911. If the wound is small then after cleaning with water you can put a bandage. Call your doctor for further advice on it.

Burns

Redness and blistering of the skin are signs of burns. Remember if the wound appears black or white then it is a third-degree burn that is dangerous.

What can you do?

Immediately run cold water on it. If the child is confused or is short of breath then the burn is a result of flame or electricity. Call your doctor or the ER if help does not arrive within 30 minutes. A normal burn will immediately show signs of blistering within minutes, if not so then it may be deeper.