9 Medical Procedures Every Parent Should Know

No matter how safety-conscious you are, most parents will inevitably treat some sort of illness or injury at some point in their child’s life. It is therefore important that, as a parent, you know the signs to look out for and the best way to treat the common problems. Here are 9 common health issues for children and how to handle them.

Treating a Burn

As you will likely know, the most important thing when caring for a burn is to run the injured area under water for 15-20 minutes. This helps prevent the progression of the burn and provides pain relief. The important thing to remember with burns is to use cool but not overly cold water, as in severe cases, this can cause greater damage.

Removing Ticks

In certain parts of the world, tick bites are a highly common pest during certain times of the year, especially among children. If you live in one of these areas, it is therefore important for you to know how to safely remove a tick. If you find a tick on your child, you should grasp its head firmly with a pair of tweezers until the tick lets go of the skin. Once the tick is then safely disposed of, the bitemark can be cleaned with soap and water and treated with alcohol. You may also want to call a doctor following the removal of the tick, as in a very small percentage of cases, a tick bite can cause Lyme disease.

Treating a Cut

Naturally, how you handle a cut on your child will depend on the size of the wound. For small cuts, in most cases, all that is needed is a plaster. For more serious cuts, you may need to first wash the cut, then apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover the wound with a bandage. For anything deeper than a moderate cut, however, you may feel more comfortable seeking medical attention.

Dealing with Choking

Choking can be one of a parent’s worst nightmares, but if you see that your child is choking, it is important to remain calm. If your child is above 1 year old, first encourage them to induce coughing. In many cases, this can dislodge the cause of the choking before the situation worsens. If this does not work, the standard procedure is to provide five sharp blows to between your child’s shoulder blades, followed by five abdominal thrusts. This should then be alternated until you are successful, or the emergency medical personnel arrive.

Treating Bites

In the event of a bite from a non-venomous animal, the affected area should be immediately cleaned with soap and water. For most insect bites, this should be sufficient, although you may also want to apply some bite cream, and consult a doctor, if the bitemark persists for several years. In the event of a bite from a larger animal, consider contacting a physician, who may suggest further treatment. For a snakebite, immediately contact a doctor, especially if you are not able to identify the snake and are thus unsure whether or not it is poisonous.

Stopping Nosebleeds

In the event of a nosebleed, you should have your child tilt their head forward slightly. Refrain from having your child lean back, as this can cause unwanted side effects if blood enters their stomach. While your child is tilted forward hold up a towel or wad of tissue up to their nose and pinch the nose below the nasal bone. This should be maintained for 10-15 minutes to stop the flow of bleeding.

Identifying Allergies

Paleness, swollen glands, and issues breathing might be indicators of severe allergy. If your child is suddenly exhibiting any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. If you are able to take note of any new substances that your child might have ingested or been exposed to, inform the physician of this.

Treating Eye Injuries

If your child gets something in their eye, the first thing you should do is wash it with clean water for several minutes. In most instances, this should be sufficient, although, depending on your child’s age, painkillers may be appropriate to treat discomfort. If symptoms are not improving or worsening after 24 hours, it may be worth contacting a doctor.

Identifying a Fever

Fever in children is typically caused by infections, and a child is generally considered to have a fever if their temperature exceeds 38°C. If your child is also exhibiting other symptoms, such as high levels of drowsiness, or repeated diarrhea and vomiting, you should consider contacting a physician. They may want to prescribe fever-related medication.

Kristi Cathey

Hi everyone! My name is Kristi Cathey and I’m glad you found your way to my blog. I am a mother of 3 beautiful angels. This blog was created in order to share my personal experiences in baby care and general health care for pregnant women. If you'd like to get in touch with me, please contact me by sending me an email via [email protected] Welcome to Intelligentmother.com

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