Kids normally get bruised when they play. Do you immediately panic when this happens? Don’t fret, here are some common child injuries and first aid steps we need to know in order to help them:
1. Head Bump. All sharp corners like tables, cabinets, bed corners are can give our kids a head bump. Using a corner cushion like the Ainon’s corner cushion helps in protecting our little ones from accidents due to sharp corners. If they fall on their backs and bump their heads, what I do is I put on an ice pack on the bump for half an hour or so, and see if it’s swelling. What we need to watch out for is if they vomit after bumping their heads. When this happens, go to the doctor immediately.
2. Cuts or Scrapes. My son loves running around inside and outside the house. If he falls down and scrapes his knee, I wash his wound with running water. I make sure it’s clean by using a clear bar of unscented soap. After this, I allow the wound to air dry. I don’t use alcohol because it dries up the skin and does not promote fast healing.
3. Finger Pinch. During the toddler years, they explore by closing and opening doors and cabinets or anything that they feel needs to be closed. They can accidentally have their fingers pinched. When this happens, the first thing I do is kiss Datu’s finger to calm him. Then, I check to see if there’s some serious injury. If he’s in deep pain, like if the finger’s swelling, I elevate his hand and let it rest while I put an ice bag to stop the swelling. Pinch guards are the best solution and prevention. I also use cabinet guards for the fridge. This prevents them from opening doors and cabinets.
4. Burn. They would sometimes play with a lit candle, a match, or be in the kitchen playing with the stove. Burns are serious accidents if you leave your children unattended. If my child suffers from a minor burn, I turn to the handy ice compress to reduce the swelling. If you think that the burn is something that needs medical attention, go see the doctor immediately.
5. Nosebleed. This can be due to weather changes or triggered allergies that we are not aware of. If this happens, we should get a damp cloth and try to catch as much blood as we can. Don’t tilt the head back as they can swallow and choke on their blood. Apply pressure on the bridge of the nose to stop the pressure. Do this until the bleeding stops.
As a mom, I can say that toddler years are the scariest. These are the years when our children are so accident prone because of their endless excitement to explore their surroundings. The times when they get to try all their senses and experiment. Knowing this, we should have a closer eye on our toddlers but also remember that falling or tripping is also part of growing up. Happy parenting!