Kids and First Aid
Teach your kids how to react when accidents happen.
Holidays are meant to be fun but sometimes accidents happen. You can’t always be around to protect your child and teaching your little one a few first-aid principles not only prepares them for tricky situations but it also helps them learn about how the body works.
Knowing the basics of how to respond when mishaps occur can be a fun and educational activity for you and your child to do together when they are five years old or older. Whether it’s a scrape, cut, burn, or something more serious, here’s a handy guide with three golden rules to help you prepare your tot so that they know what to do in an emergency.
KEEP CALM: It’s important that your child try and stay as calm as possible. Show them how to take and release a few deep breaths if they feel alarmed. Sharing the right tools with your child will prevent them from panicking and help them think clearly.
CALL FOR HELP: If there is an accident, let your child know that they should always find an adult first instead of trying to help. In case something happens to the person who is meant to supervising them, keep a list of phone numbers they may need or names of neighbours they can run to and place them above your home telephone or taped up somewhere in another convenient and accessible location.
Make sure it’s printed or written out in bold large letters and numbers to make it easy for them to read. Practice dialing the numbers with them. Knowing that you or another responsible adult is a shout or phone call away is important and reassuring, and helps your child deal with an emergency.
DON’T TOUCH: In the event of a scrape, cut, burn or splinter, teach your child about bacteria and infections. Let them know that it’s important not to touch the wound as they might make the injury worse.
Besides teaching them these three basic steps, familiarising your child with the first aid kit in your home will also help them feel more at ease when faced with their own injuries. Instead of talking about scenarios where you get hurt seriously - which might cause your child some anxiety - rather play ‘doctor’ with them and simulate some minor injuries along with their solutions.
Your first aid kit should always be properly stocked with the essentials and stored in a cool, safe place away from children. They should know where it is in case someone who has come to help needs to know, but should never be able to reach it. For minor burns, stock your kit with Elastoplast SOS Burn Plasters. They have hydrogel wound pads to instantly cool skin and relieve pain.
For minor cuts and scrapes, Elastoplast’s Soft Feel Compress, comes in individual sterile wrapping to clean and cover wounds. To treat splinters, keep Elastoplast Antibacterial Plastic or Fabric Plasters to help prevent infection. Elastoplast Kid’s Plasters with a range of playful designs and characters are perfect to help your little one forget their tears.