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TEACHING FIRST-AID RULES TO CHILDREN

TEACHING FIRST-AID RULES TO CHILDREN

Hearing about first-aid, the first thing that alarms our mind is EMERGENCY! There could be times when your child is not supervised by any adult, hence they need to learn first-aid rules. One of the best skills that you can teach your child is the skill of life-saving, whether it is for them or someone else. The first and foremost thing is to make sure to let your child know when they might need to call for assistance and how can they do it.

The world is a classroom where you learn new things every day. And we all learn by making errors, sometimes these errors lead to injury, scars, bruises, and wounds. Being a toddler the chances of making these errors are huge, and as a result, they usually end up being bruised or bleeding. Hence, it is very important to teach them how to remain calm and call out for help or help themselves on their own. 

Outdoor injuries do happen when the child is busy exploring the world around them, teach them to remain calm in such situations. Make sure they know your contact details in case of emergency so that they call you out whenever possible. If you are not around, they should know that calling an adult would be much more helpful.

Do a little role play with them and let them know how to treat minor injuries, for example, if the bleeding is major, they need to try to apply some pressure on the wound.

Children usually encounter nose bleeding, let them know that they can hold their nostrils to stop it.

If a body part gets burnt unknowingly, they should be aware that they can use water to soothe it.

If they get any swelling by falling down, ice would be helpful to reduce the swelling as well as pain. 

Prepare a first aid kit for your child, including some basic and needful things, such as bandages, antiseptic pads, hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, tweezers, and scissors, and teach them the basic uses of all these things under your surveillance.

Talk to your child often, about emergency scenarios and ask them questions like what they would do in such a situation, you can guide them through some go-to first aid rules.

Parents can get sick too, or there could be an emergency indoors, make sure to teach your child to call an ambulance in case of any such emergency and explain to them such emergency situations.

In the end, remember that a child is still a child, and may not be able to handle everything on its own, try to be available for them all the time. Represent yourself as a guide and helper to them and show them how to stay calm and positive in any situation.