Child First aid first: how to help your child before going to A&E

The Baby Show | Olympia 18-20 October 2019 | Baby, Bump, Toddler, Pregnancy & Parenting Event | Baby / Child First Aid

Recent research by the British Red Cross has found that falls and fevers are two of the main reasons parents take their children to A&E.

Not surprising really, as bumps to the head and fevers are really quite common when little ones are involved.

Pretty much every parent has been there. Your child is feeling unwell or has hurt themselves. It may be serious, it may not be – but you’re not sure, so you head straight to A&E.When asked, over 40 per cent of parents brought their children to A&E because they were worried and didn’t know what to do. And that’s where the British Red Cross can help.

Learn First Aid With The British Red Cross:

The British Red Cross will be at The Baby Show at Olympia London offering invaluable advice for all new and expectant parents. Head over to the First Aid Academy to sign up for a free 30-minute baby first aid session to learn how to help a baby who is choking, has a burn or fever, or is having a febrile seizure. 

Can’t make it? Not to worry, as there are lots of ways to learn. Their online first aid advice and baby and child first aid app provide clear, easy steps to follow whenever your little one is poorly or hurt.

A British Red Cross First aid for baby and child course would also give you peace of mind.

Here’s some simple first aid advice so you can start learning now.

First Aid For A Fever: 

Here’s how to help if a baby or child has a fever: 

1. Check the child’s temperature with a thermometer. If it is above 37° C, your child has a fever. They may have hot, flushed skin and be sweating.

2. Reduce their temperature: remove excess clothing and give the baby or child a drink, such as water, diluted juice or their normal milk.

3. You can also give the recommended dose of paracetamol syrup.

4. If a child has a temperature above 39° – or above 38° for a baby less than six months old – seek medical advice. 

First Aid For A Bump To The Head: 

When children bump their head, they may be in pain and get a headache. There may also be a lump on the head and they may look pale.

1. Get the child to rest and put something cold on the injury. This could be frozen vegetables or a bag of ice wrapped in a tea towel.

2. If the child gets drowsy or vomits, or their symptoms get worse, seek medical advice.

First Aid For A Sprain Or Strain: 

If your little one falls and twists an ankle or overstretches another part of their body, they may have a sprain or strain. They may feel pain around the injury and it can start to swell. A bruise may also develop. 

1. Get your child to rest the injured part of their body.

2. Put an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables on the injury for up to 10 minutes.

3. You can also give them the recommended dose of paracetamol syrup.

4. If their injury doesn’t improve, seek medical advice.

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