Every parent of a young child will always be on the lookout for what his/her child is doing literally all of the time, sleeping included. The reason for this is quite simple, children are reckless, curious, arrogant, and daring (maybe). But one simple fact remains, small children have no clue how the world runs yet and everything they see is basically new and for that, a plaything.
But as your children grow older, and you start to feel as if you can entrust them with some basic things like stay home alone as you head off to work each day, it is imperative that you teach them some basic first-aid tips that are necessary and will enable them to react whenever an emergency occurs. That being said, here are some five first-aid tips that you would be wise to teach your children in case of an emergency and you are not around or are incapable of handling the situation yourself.
1. Calling 911
This is only the simplest and most vital lesson you will ever share with your child. As soon as your kids can recognize and tell the numbers, 911 should be the first calling service that they need to know, maybe even before they know your mobile number. It is also important that they know that calling from a mobile phone isn’t the same as calling from the house phone. As a parent, you also need to teach your child what they need to say in case they need to call for an emergency and let them know that dialing 911 must never be a joke or a number to be played with. Teach them the things that can constitute an emergency and be clear while doing this as well.
2. Using a first-aid kit
You also need to find time and go over the contents of the first-aid kit with your kid/s. Take your time and explain to them what each item is for and its purpose and then let them try to handle the items in your presence as you try to create an imaginary emergency scenario that may need the use of the first aid kit. Doing this regularly at training to your children will allow them to know exactly what they need to do with the first-aid kit should they need to use them sometime in the future when you’re not around or unable to handle the emergency yourself.
3. Controlling bleeding
It is also vital that you teach your children how they can apply direct pressure to their wounds or someone else’s using a paper towel, article of clothing, or gauze pad. Your children need to know the exact amount of pressure to put on the wound and that they need to cover the whole wound to stop the bleeding or help arrives.
4. ‘Stop, drop, and roll’
This concept is used mostly when your clothing catches fire and your children need to know this concept as well, especially since you may have to leave them in the house alone as you head off to work every day. Who knows, they may end up playing with fire and something happens like someone’s clothes catch fire.
5. Broken bones
You need to educate your children that bones can also be broken or cracked sometimes during an accident, and that fractured also means the same thing. They also need to know that when bones crack or break, they leak out blood, which cause pain to the victim and that it is best that they don’t touch the injured area. If your child comes across a person with broken bones, he/she should call for help, ask the victim to keep the injured place still and try to be comfortable, keep the person calm, stay with the person, if he/she can, until help arrives.