First Aid For 4 Scenarios That All Moms And Dads Should Know

Date January 23, 2018

According to a study published by the Red Cross, three out of every four parents lack the first-aid skills required to save their children from choking. And according to Joe Mulligan, chief of first aid at the British Red Cross:

Babies can be very curious and love to explore their environment by putting things in their mouth.

That's why we're introducing you to four scenarios and the way you should handle each one:

1. Your baby is choking.

  • If your baby is choking and you notice that they are struggling to breathe, you should begin by giving them five taps on the back.
  • Then, you can give them five hits on the chest, pushing downward.
  • In case the situation still isn't resolved, call your emergency services immediately.

2. Your baby is unconscious.

  • Turn your baby onto their back and check to make sure they're breathing correctly.
  • Ask somebody to call emergency services.
  • Give five breaths using the "mouth-to-mouth" technique, while covering your baby's nose.
  • Give them 30 chest compressions, pushing firmly across the center of the chest with two fingers.
  • Following the compressions, give the baby two more "mouth-to-mouth" breaths.

3. Your baby is having an attack or convulsion.

  • Protect them from possible injury; you can use a blanket underneath their head and body.
  • Lower the baby's body temperature by removing their clothes or opening a window.
  • When the convulsion ends, help your baby rest on their side, with their head slightly tilted backward to allow their airways to remain open.

4. Your baby suffers a burn.

  • Cool the burn with room temperature water for 10 minutes.
  • Cover it to avoid infections and possible complications.
  • If it's a serious burn, call emergency services immediately.

Do you have any other first-aid tips that are useful in crisis situations?

Source: The Sun

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