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What basic first aid measures should parent's know?


Question: What basic first aid measures should parent's know?
I am so worried that my toddler is going to get hurt -- he's always putting things in his mouth, races around at top speed, and rams his head. I know little ones are active, but how can I be sure I can protect him? Are there basic medical treatments or first aid measures that I should know about?
Answer: You are in good company. Having a toddler can be a harrowing experience. If I had a dollar for every time I yelled, "No!" (which experts often say you you should not do) I'd probably be able to buy that summer house in Maui. In general, the bet wya to deal with a wildly active and daring tot is to set boundaries (never allowing your child to go into the kitchen cabinets, for instance), maintaining a safe environment (specifically, taking careful steps to childproof), and allowing climbers and other daring toddlers to have time and space to exercise those muscles and satisfy that curiosity under your supervision.

Even if you follow those guideline, though, your toddler will inevitably get bruised, put things into his mouth, and face very real dangers. These stay safe can help you prepare for those bumps in the road. Learn Child CPR
If your child were to stop breathing, would you know what to do? If at all possible, you should try to take a class with a certified instructor and understand that how you perform CPR on a toddler differs from the procedure on an infant and an adult.

Be Aware of Foods That Are Choking Hazards
Some food are just not appropriate for little ones, even if they don't know it. Be careful about leaving these foods out on the table or supervise your toddler when she wants to try them. In case of emergency, you should also be prepared to perform the Heimlock maneuver.

Be on Guard for Poisoning Poisoning is one concern when you have a little one who puts everything in her mouth. Poisoning is another. First, try to keep any possible dangers out of reach. Also, have the number for poison control readily available (and be sure your sitter knows it as well).

Protect Against Sunburn
When does a fun day at the beach, pool, or park become a nightmare? When you forget the sunblock and your little one comes home with a blistery and dangerous sunburn. So reember to apply, reapply, and reapply some more.

Know How to Remove a Toddler Splinter
A slight sliver of wood under your skin is a nuisance, but you probably don't fret too much about pinching and pushing until you get it out. It's not like that with a little kid, though. Be ready for shrieking, cowering, hiding, and covering up the wound (which inevitably drives it further intop the skin and makes things even tougher.

Don't Freak Out About Head Lice
If your child is in day care, camp, play group, or any social interaction with lots of other kids, then head lice is a real possibility. Check your little one's head regularly, being sure you know the difference between lice and benign issues like cradle cap. If you find a nit, be prepared to de-lice.

Be Sure You Know How to Treat a Cold
When should you see the doctor? What can you do to manage a virus that can't be treated with medicine? What are signs that the cold may be something worse? Have the facts on hand so you can take steps to ease your toddler's symptoms?

Watch for Ear Infections Cold symptoms that don't go away and get worse may be signs of an ear infection. You may not need to start antibiotics to deal with a mild ear infection, but there are steps you can take to take care of your ill little one and, at the very least, take notice so you can ensure that your toddler is getting lots of rest.

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