7 Common Injuries In Kids And How To Deal With Them

by - April 04, 2019

No matter how hard you try to protect them, your kids are always going to get bumps and scrapes. When they’re running around and playing, they’re going to end up hurting themselves at some point, it’s just part of being a kid. The good news is, they’ll bounce back most of the time and recover from their injuries pretty quickly, so it’s not really anything to worry about. But most kids will have one or two serious injuries at some point in their lives. It’s something that all parents have to deal with and, although it’s scary, they will be fine in the end. The important thing is that you know how to handle the situation properly if they do get hurt. These are some of the best first aid tips to help you deal with common kids injuries.


Get Good Insurance

Before we look at specific injuries, there are a few basic things that you need to do to protect your child, the first one is to get good health insurance. If you don’t have good coverage, you might end up paying a lot of money, especially if they break a bone or even have to have surgery. It’s important that you have a good policy that will cover the more expensive treatments, otherwise, you’ll end up in a lot of financial trouble if your child gets injured.




Learn CPR


Learning CPR is always a good thing to do because it’s useful in all areas of life if somebody is seriously injured. Quick intervention from somebody that knows CPR can save lives and if your child is unconscious. If you do a quick search online for CPR and first aid classes near me, you should be able to find some courses that you can take. As long as you do a refresher every year or two, you’ll always have those skills should you need to help your child when they’re injured. It also helps with getting jobs because employers always need people that are first aid trained working in the office, so that’s an added bonus as well.

Good insurance and learning basic first aid and CPR are both important ways of protecting your child if they get injured, but it’s also important that you know how to react to some of the common injuries that children get all of the time.

Head Injury

When kids are running around or climbing trees and messing about, they’ll often bump their head. A lot of the time, they’ll just have a bit of a lump and it might hurt for a bit but they’ll be fine in an hour or so, but sometimes, they might have a more serious head injury. These can be very dangerous if you don’t deal with them properly so it’s important that you know exactly what steps you should take. The first thing you need to check is whether your child has any pain in their neck or if they have a tingling feeling in their arms. If they do, that’s a sign that they’ve damaged their neck or spine, so you should keep them still and not try to move them while you call for help. Equally, if they’re unconscious or having trouble moving around, you need to call a hospital right away.

If they recover from the initial bump, it’s still important that you watch out for the signs of concussion over the next few hours. If they have a strong headache, they’re confused, or they’re excessively sleepy, those are all signs of concussion. If they are sick, that means they definitely have a severe concussion and they need to be seen to by a doctor right away.

Your child is likely to be in pain after a head injury and you’ll want to give them something for it, but you should steer clear of ibuprofen. It can increase bleeding and if they have a brain injury, that can be incredibly dangerous. You can help to reduce the swelling and ease the pain a little by applying an ice pack. As long as their symptoms don’t change, you don’t need to take them to the doctor but if you notice any changes, you should get them seen to right away.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions can be incredibly dangerous and if you don’t realize that your child has one, they can easily catch you out. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have allergy tests done when they’re young so you know if there is anything that you need to be aware of. However, your child may still have an allergic reaction to something and it’s important that you know how to spot the signs and what you should do. If your child breaks out in hives, has any swelling of any kind, trouble breathing, dizziness or vomiting, they could all be signs that they’re having an allergic reaction.

If they’ve already been diagnosed with an allergy, you should have an EpiPen, which you should use straight away if they’re showing the symptoms of an allergic reaction. However, the medication in an EpiPen can wear off so it’s important that you still take them to the hospital. If they don’t have an EpiPen and they’re showing serious symptoms, you should call an ambulance right away. In the meantime, you should see if you have any allergy medication like Benadryl, that people normally use for hay fever, and give that to them. It won’t reverse the symptoms entirely but it can help to keep them under control while you seek medical help.

Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds are one of those injuries that usually look a lot worse than they are and it’s easy to panic when there’s a lot of blood, but there are some simple things that you can do to deal with it. Most people instinctively lean back when they’ve got a nosebleed because they assume that it’s the best way to stop the flow of blood, but this is actually the worst thing that you can do. If you get your child to lean back, the blood will run down their throat and they’ll swallow it, which can make them sick. Stuffing cotton wool or tissues up there isn’t a good idea either because it won’t stop the flow of blood, it’ll just clog their nose up. The best thing to do is have them lean their head forward slightly and then get a damp cloth and squeeze just below the nasal bone for around 15 minutes. Some blood is still going to come out and that’s normal, you just need to keep the pressure on until it eventually stops.

After the bleeding has stopped, it’s important that you make sure that your child doesn’t blow their nose for the rest of the day, even a gentle blow could cause the bleeding to start again. Their nose might be a little dry and painful so you can rub some vaseline around the edge of the nostril to ease it a bit.

If they bump their nose and it’s bleeding a lot, there’s a chance that they may have a broken nose. You should try to stop the bleeding yourself but if it continues for more than half an hour, you should take them to the hospital just in case.

Broken Bones


Broken bones are a very common injury in kids and they’re incredibly painful. If you don’t take the right steps in the immediate aftermath of the injury, you can cause your child a lot more pain and in some cases, make it harder for the bone to heal. Sometimes, it’s very obvious that a bone is broken if it breaks the skin or it’s sticking out. However, smaller breaks and fractures aren’t immediately obvious a lot of the time. The signs to look out for are swelling and you can usually gauge whether they’ve broken a bone from their pain. If they’re in extreme pain in a certain area of the body, there’s a good chance that they’ve broken a bone. The worst thing that you can do is try to move the limb too much because you’ll cause them more pain and you might damage it further. Try to get them up slowly and get them to a hospital without moving the affected area too much. If it’s particularly bad, if the bone breaks the skin, for example, you should call an ambulance because you don’t want to risk moving them.

Choking

Choking is a big problem with kids, especially young ones because they like to explore the world by chewing on things a lot of the time. If they’re putting toys in their mouth, they can easily choke on them. The first thing that you should do if you think that your child is choking is to try to talk to them. If they can respond with sounds, even if they can’t form full words, their airways are clear. If they can’t make a sound at all, that means their airways are completely blocked. Call 911 right away and put the phone on speaker, they will then talk you through how to do the heimlich maneuver so you can remove the blockage.   

It’s always terrifying when your child injures themselves but no matter how hard you try to protect them, it’s going to happen. The important thing is that you know how to react when they do get injured.





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