First aid handbook for baby safety

First aid handbook in association with the British Red Cross

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  • Your very own first aid kit

    Every one of your baby's bumps and bruises can be worrying. That's why we've teamed up with the British Red Cross to deliver this reassuring, step-by-step first aid guide for every eventuality.

  • How to treat nosebleeds

    Stay calm. He may get upset by the sight of blood and need reassurance that he 
will be OK. Sit him down with 
his head tilted forward, pinch the soft part 
at the end of his nose and hold for 10 minutes.

    If the nosebleed continues for more 
than 30 minutes, take 
your child to hospital.

    For more information on treating nosebleeds read the full guide here.

  • How to treat broken bones

    If you suspect your little one has broken something, you should immobilise the injury with a cushion, item of clothing or something similar and avoid unnecessary movement. You should then take your child to hospital.

    For more information on treating broken bones click here.

  • How to treat febrile seizures

    Although it's rare, a child with fever can suffer a seizure.

    Do NOT restrain him, but protect him from injury by surrounding him with blankets and cushions. Do what you can to reduce his temperature and seek medical advice if the seizure continues for a prolonged time.

    For more reassurance on treating febrile seizures click here.

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  • How to treat a burn

    Place the burn under cool running water for at least 10 minutes. If you do not have access to running water, use any cool liquid, such as beer or milk. It’s important to act fast to minimise pain and possible scarring.

    Once the burn is cool, cover with clingfilm to reduce the chance of it getting infected, and seek medical advice.

    For full advice on treating your child's burn, click here.

  • How to treat a bumped head

    Most bumps are not so serious. If the bump is accompanied by swelling, or long periods of crying, your child may need medical attention.

    Apply a cold compress, monitor your child, and if she becomes drowsy or begins to vomit, seek medical advice immediately. Remember to stay calm and comfort her.

    For full advice on treating a bumped head, click here.

  • How to treat an electric shock

    If possible, turn off the power. If not, remove the source from your child with a non-conductive item, and stand on dry insulation material.

    If she’s breathing, roll her on her side, tilt her head back again and call 999.

    If she’s not breathing, call 999 then push in the middle of her chest and release until help arrives.

    For the full guide to treating electric shocks, click here.

  • How to treat poisoning

    If you suspect he has swallowed something poisonous, you should call 999 immediately.

    Try to figure out what, when and how much he took and take the suspected chemical and any packaging to the hospital.

    Wipe away any residue from his mouth and give him sips of water. DO NOT make him vomit.

    For the full guide to treating poisoning, click here.

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  • The British Red Cross

    To get reassuring first aid advice from the British Red Cross, visit The London ExCeL Baby Show, 24-26 Feb.

    For further expert first aid tips, visit the British Red Cross website.

Last updated on 8 February 2012