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First Aid for Children’s الإسعافات الأولية للأطفال

Royal Hayat Hospital Held a first aid course for children last month, the Presentation was held by Dr. Nesrin El Khatib.
محاضرة عن الإسعافات الأولية للأطفال تلقيها الدكتورة نسرين الخطيب في مستشفى رويال حياة

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What should I do if a bee or wasp stings my child?

Two of my friends kids got stung by Bees this week and it got me wondering if (god forbid) one of my kids got stung by a Bee, I would have no clue what to do.

What should I do if a bee or wasp stings my child?

A bee’s stinger works like an automatic pump — the longer it stays in, the more venom it releases — so get it out as quickly as you can.

Look for a little black dot in the center of a reddened area and scrape it off with a fingernail or credit card. Try not to squeeze the stinger with your fingers or tweezers, because that could release more venom.

Once you’ve removed the stinger, wash the area with soap and water. Then apply an ice pack for 15 minutes or so to minimize swelling and relieve pain. (If you don’t have an ice pack, grab a package of frozen vegetables or drop a few ice cubes in a plastic bag. Wrap whatever you’re going to use in a washcloth so it doesn’t touch your child’s skin directly.)

You may want to apply a paste of baking soda and water to the area, to soothe it and draw out some of the venom. (Simply dab it on, let it dry, and rinse it off.) I also heard that rubbing a clove of garlic on to the area, also helps draw out the venom.

Watch out for any allergic reactions like shortness of breath, wheezing, swollen tongue, hands, or face.

Call your Childs pediatrician immediately to see if you should go to the hospital or get an over the counter antihistamine.

Source: Baby Center

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First Aid – Part 3

A baby can easily choke on food or small objects in the mouth; you need to act quickly to clear the obstruction.Are they able to breathe, cry or cough? If so, this is a mild case and the obstruction will probably clear on its own. Keep an eye on the baby and make sure their condition doesn’t deteriorate.

If not, this is a severe case of choking. You should:

1. Lay the baby face down along your forearm, with their head low.

2. Give up to 5 back blows (as shown) between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. Check their mouth quickly after each one and remove any obvious obstruction. If the obstruction is still present:

woman with hand on child's back woman with two fingers on child's chest

3. Turn the baby onto their back and give up to 5 chest thrusts, with 2 fingers in the middle of the chest pushing inwards and upwards. Check the mouth quickly after each one.

If the obstruction does not clear after three cycles of back blows and chest thrusts, dial 999 (or 112) for an ambulance.

Continue cycles of back blows and chest thrusts until help arrives and resuscitate if necessary.Seek medical advice for any baby who has been given chest thrusts.

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Source: Red Cross

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First Aid – Part 2

As parents we are put in situations that we might not know how to react but we should always be prepped for the unexpected. First Aid is one of the most important things that parents should know, from dressing a wound to CPR. I’m going to write a few posts, each post concentrating on a specific technique.

CPR on children aged one to puberty

If a child is not breathing give one minute of CPR then call an ambulance. If another person is present ask them to call an ambulance straight away.

1. Open the airway by placing one hand on their forehead and gently tilting the head back and lifting the chin. Remove any visible obstructions from the mouth and nose.

woman holding child's head

2. Pinch the child’s nose. Place your mouth over the child’s mouth and attempt five initial rescue breaths.

woman blowing into child's mouth

3. Place your hands on the centre of their chest and, with the heel of your hand, press down one third of the depth of the chest using one or two hands. After every 30 chest compressions give two rescue breaths.

woman pressing on child's chest

4. Continue with cycles of 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths until emergency help arrives or the person begins to breath normally.If you are unable or unwilling to give rescue breaths give chest compressions alone.

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Source: Red Cross

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First Aid – Part 1

As parents we are put in situations that we might not know how to react to,but we should always be prepped for the unexpected. First Aid is one of the most important things that parents should know, from dressing a wound to CPR. You never know when you might need to use it.

I’m going to write a few posts, each post concentrating on a specific technique.

CPR on babies aged under one year old

If an infant is not breathing give one minute of CPR then call an ambulance. If another person is present ask them to call an ambulance straight away.

1. Open the airway by placing one hand on their forehead and gently tilting the head back and lifting the chin. Remove any visible obstructions from the mouth and nose.

man with finger under baby's chin and hand on head

2.  Place your mouth over the mouth and nose of the infant and – by blowing steadily – attempt five initial rescue breaths.

man mouth to mouth with baby

3.  Place two fingers in the middle of the chest and press down one third of the depth of the chest. After 30 chest compressions give two rescue breaths.

man with two finger tips on baby's chest and hand on head

4.  Continue with cycles of 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths until emergency help arrives or the person begins to breath normally.

If you are unable or unwilling to give rescue breaths give chest compressions alone.

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Source: Red Cross

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