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First Aid

First Aid

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Most small cuts don't present any danger to your child. But bleeding from large cuts mayrequire immediate medical treatment. Depending on the type of wound and its location,there can be damage to tendons and nerves.
What to do:
 For Minor Bleeding From a Small Cut or Abrasion (Scrape):Rinse the wound thoroughly with water to clean out dirt and debris.Then wash the wound with a mild soap and rinse thoroughly. (For minor wounds, it isn'tnecessary to use an antiseptic solution to prevent infection, and some can cause allergic skinreactions.)Cover the wound with a sterile adhesive bandage or sterile gauze and adhesive tape.Examine the wound daily. If the bandage gets wet, remove it and apply a new one. After thewound forms a scab, a bandage is no longer necessary. For Bleeding From a Large Cut or Laceration:Wash the wound thoroughly with water. This will allow you to see the wound clearly andassess its size.Place a piece of sterile gauze or a clean cloth over the entire wound. If available, use cleanlatex or rubber gloves to protect yourself from exposure to possible infection from the bloodof a child who isn't your own. If you can, raise the bleeding body part above the level of yourchild's heart. Do not apply a tourniquet.Using the palm of your hand on the gauze or cloth, apply steady, direct pressure to thewound for 5 minutes. (During the 5 minutes, do not stop to check the wound or removeblood clots that may form on the gauze.)If blood soaks through the gauze, do not remove it. Apply another gauze pad on top andcontinue applying pressure.Call your child's doctor or seek immediate medical attention for all large cuts or lacerations,or if:you're unable to stop the bleeding after 5 minutes of pressure, or if the wound beginsbleeding again (continue applying pressure until help arrives)you're unable to clean out dirt and debris thoroughly, or there' s something else stuck in thewoundthe wound is on your child's face or neckthe injury was caused by an animal or human bite, burn, electrical injury, or puncture wound(e.g., a nail)the cut is more than half an inch long or appears to be deep - large or deep wounds canresult in nerve or tendon damage.
Broken Bones, Sprains, and Strains
A broken (fractured) bone requires emergency care. Suspect a possible broken bone if yourchild heard or felt a bone snap, if your child has difficulty moving the injured part, or if theinjured part moves in an unnatural way or is very painful to the touch.A sprain occurs when the ligaments, which hold bones together, are overstretched andpartially torn. Simply overstretching any part of the musculature is called a strain. Sprainsand strains generally cause swelling and pain, and there may be bruises around the injured
area. Most sprains, after proper medical evaluation, can be treated at home.
What to Do:
 For a Suspected Broken Bone:If the injury involves your child's neck or back, do not move him unless the child is inimminent danger. Movement can cause serious nerve damage. Phone for emergency medicalhelp. If your child must be moved, the neck and back must be completely immobilized first.Keeping your child's head, neck, and back in alignment, move the child as a unit.If your child has an open break (bone protrudes through the skin) and there is severebleeding, apply pressure on the bleeding area with a gauze pad or a clean piece of clothingor other material. Do not wash the wound or try to push back any part of the bone that maybe sticking out.If your child must be moved, apply splints around the injured limb to prevent further injury.Leave the limb in the position you find it. The splints should be applied in that position.Splints can be made by using boards, brooms, a stack of newspapers, cardboard, oranything firm, and can be padded with pillows, shirts, towels, or anything soft. Splints mustbe long enough to extend beyond the joints above and below the fracture.Place cold packs or a bag of ice wrapped in cloth on the injured area.Keep your child lying down until medical help arrives.For a Suspected Sprain or Strain:If the injury involves your child's neck or back, do not move him unless the child is inimminent danger. Movement can cause serious nerve damage. Phone for emergency medicalhelp. If your child must be moved, the neck and back must be completely immobilized first.Keeping the head, neck, and back in alignment, move your child as a unit.It may be difficult to tell the difference between a sprain and a break. If there is any doubtwhatsoever, phone your child's doctor or take your child to the nearest hospital emergencydepartment. An X-ray can determine whether a bone is broken.First aid for sprains and strains includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation (known asRICE).Rest the injured part of the body.Apply ice packs or cold compresses for up to 10 or 15 minutes at a time every few hours forthe first 2 days to prevent swelling.Wearing an elastic compression bandage (such as an ACE bandage) for at least 2 days willreduce swelling.Keep the injured part elevated above the level of the heart as much as possible to reduceswelling.Do not apply heat in any form for at least 24 hours. Heat increases swelling and pain.Your child's doctor may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever such asacetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Under normal conditions, we all lose some body water every day in our sweat, tears, urine,and stools. Water also evaporates from our skin and leaves the body as vapor when webreathe. We usually replace this body fluid and the salts it contains with the water and saltsin our regular diet.
Recognizing Dehydration
If your child has fever, diarrhea, or vomiting, or is sweating a lot on a hot day or duringintense physical activity, you should watch for signs of dehydration, which can include:- dry or sticky mouth

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