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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Febrile convulsions and seizures explained

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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.

More first aid advice for treating a child’s burn

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The British Red Cross

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

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