First-aid for your baby

Dr Chris Steele, resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning, gives his top tips for fast first-aid for your little one

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Coughs

Dr Steele says: ‘Use cough linctus, but if the cough persists for more than 3 or 4 days, see your GP. Also see your doctor if your child also has a fever or is otherwise ill.’

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Colds

Dr Steele says: ‘Use medicines designed to reduce fever and ease aches. Inhalant oils sprinkled on to the pillow can ease night-time symptoms.’

Fever

Dr Steele says: ‘Overheating a feverish child can result in a febrile convulsion, so keep your child cool and give a medicine to reduce her temperature.’

Sticky Eye

Dr Steele says: ‘A sticky eye with a green or yellow discharge is probably bacterial conjunctivitis so should be assessed by your GP, and treated with antibiotic drops or cream.’

Cuts

Dr Steele says: ‘If the cut is less than half an inch long, bring the cut edges close together with an adhesive dressing or a butterfly suture. Longer cuts, or any cuts on the face, should be seen by a GP.’

Stings & Bites

Dr Steele says: ‘Remove a bee sting using a clean fingernail or the blunt edge of a knife. Then cool the area with a cold compress.’

Bumps & Bruises

Dr Steele says: ‘Reduce swelling by applying a cold compress for 30 minutes.’

Rashes

Dr Steele says: ‘You need to know what’s causing a rash, so consult your GP before treating it.’

Aches & Pains

Dr Steele says: ‘Use paracetamol or ibuprofen and follow the exact dosing instructions for the age of your child.’

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Diarrhoea

Dr Steele says: ‘Don’t self-treat diarrhoea and/or vomiting in a baby under 12 months without consulting a doctor. For babies over a year, use electrolyte powders to replace lost fluids and salts, but see your doctor if it persists after six hours of using these.’

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