Children will be children. You can not expect them to sit at one place. They are tiny little explorers who are always up to something. Though we love watch them play and have fun, it is difficult to see them in pain.
Falls, burns, insect bites, drowning, and poisoning are the common childhood emergencies. Though it is not possible to eliminate these paediatric emergencies, you can definitely reduce their occurrence by being more careful and watchful. Make sure that someone is always present where kids are playing or bathing or swimming.
Then as parents or guardians, you must take up a course For Pediatric safety and First Aid. This will help you in understanding the symptoms of childhood emergency, recognising the injuries and administering the first aid.
Here are a few things that you can do to contribute in a paediatric emergency:
Be ready with a first aid kit. Your fist aid kit should have bandage, adhesive tape, antiseptic lotion or cream, pain killer, pain relief spray, cotton, and scissors. In case of falls or burns, you must immediately provide first aid to your child. It helps alleviate the pain and prevents the symptoms from growing worse till the doctor comes at the accident site.
Have emergency medical numbers-In case of childhood emergencies; it is of the utmost importance to seek the right and timely medical treatment. Make sure that you have the emergency medical numbers ready with you so that you get the medical assistance without any delay. Note down the numbers on one paper and put it on your refrigerator or on the kitchen wall so that you don’t end up wasting your time flipping through your phone diary.
If you are working and leave your child at home, you must teach your child how to use the emergency number 911. In case the child gets injured when there is no one around, he should know how and where to get help from.
Keep the medical history of the child handy. Keep all the past medical records and reports in a file and put it in a place that is easy to reach. In case of childhood emergency, the paediatric may want to know if your child is allergic to any medicine or if he is suffering from any disease or ailment.