Understanding Medical Emergencies in Children
Monday 11, August
The easiest way to avoid medical emergencies in children is to pay close attention to their health on a daily basis. Rarely will a child suddenly fall seriously ill, and instead it is often the case that symptoms will simply have been missed. As such, by learning more about the early warning signs of common childhood health conditions and by taking your child to see the doctor should any symptoms occur, it may be far easier to avoid medical emergencies from occurring in the first place.
Of course, there may still be times in which a child will need treatment immediately to avoid serious harm. In such cases, knowing how best to respond can make a huge difference as, during a medical crisis, time is of the essence.
Accidents and Illnesses
Emergencies are not confined to accidents. From physical and mental illnesses to choking and allergic reactions, there are many ways in which serious problems can present themselves. Understanding the signs that your child is in danger will be vital, as will knowing how best to respond.
Whilst taking a child to A&E or calling for an ambulance may be the first port of call, there is a significant amount that parents themselves can do, and since they are likely to be the first responders to the incident, by knowing how to deal with certain medical issues they may have far more chance of ensuring the incident doesn’t have any long-term repercussions.
By taking first aid classes and by sourcing an array of items from our wide range of first aid supplies, it will be far easier for parents to look after their child. Performing CPR or the heimlich manoeuvre may mean the difference between life and death as it may well be that even the fastest responding paramedics might not get there in time to perform such procedures.
Those without first aid training may be able to do a huge amount just by having the right equipment. A defibrillator could save a life even more effectively than CPR and simply having such items on hand may be enough for parents or close friends to save a life, understandably these machines come at a high price but with more being placed in public spaces it may be that there is one close by. Of course, a mixture of the right knowledge, skills and equipment will always offer parents the best possible chance of effectively responding to any emergency.
Once parents know how to respond and have the supplies on hand to do just that, they will need to understand the signs to look for that will indicate a medical crisis. If children are acting strangely, have become unconscious, are having a seizure, are struggling to breathe, have skin or lips that are turning blue or purple, have spontaneous and persistent pain, exhibit large deep cuts, especially on the head or chest, experience a head injury or have been bleeding for over five minutes (even after applying pressure), it is paramount for you to call the emergency services.
First aid training will help parents to spot a genuine emergency, and will also help them to remain calm and carry out the most appropriate procedures. If children are not breathing, CPR should be started immediately. If uncertain, do not move a child unless they are in imminent danger in their current location, and always call 999 as soon as possible to ensure extra help is on the way.
Learning more about potential medical problems and injuries, as well as taking first aid classes and sourcing quality supplies, will be the best way to learn the differences between a genuine crisis and something that is not life threatening, giving you far more chance to react appropriately.