Last week, we looked at various methods of administering first aid to babies, to deal with a number of accidents that could happen in the home. Today, we’re going to look at a few more, so you can be fully prepared for situation that might occur.
- Poisoning can cause any number of symptoms, from vomiting to seizures.
- Firstly, see if you can find the source of the poisoning. This may be an empty container, plant or berry. Then, phone 999 and give them as much information as possible as this will help doctors to treat your baby.
- Do not try to induce vomiting, as this can actually cause more harm than good. However, if the poison does appear to be burning your baby’s lips, then give them small sips of water.
- If your baby does fall unconscious, put them in the recovery position if they’re breathing. If not, then see last week’s blog on how to give CPR, but use a face shield or a plastic bag with a hole in it to protect yourself.
- Seizures are often caused by a raised temperature that is in turn caused by an infection.
- The most important thing to remember is that you should never restrain someone who is having a seizure. Instead, move any large or hard items out of the way and use pillows to ensure that they don’t injure themselves.
- Once the seizure stops, cool your baby by removing clothes and bedding and making sure that there’s plenty of fresh air available.
- Place your baby in the recovery position once the seizure stops and call 999.
The recovery position
- If your baby has already been diagnosed with asthma, make sure to give them a puff of their inhaler.
- If not, keep them calm and reassured as panicking will make the attack worse. Sit your baby upright and leaning slightly forward.
- If the inhaler doesn’t help or they’re becoming exhausted, call an ambulance.
- We’ve mentioned the recovery position a couple of times but, like most first aid for babies, it’s a little different to the “adult” version. What you need to do is hold them on their side with their head tilted and lower that their tummy. It will look almost like you’re cuddling them and will help to keep their airways open.
Whenever you’re giving first aid, to adults or children, the important thing to remember is not to panic. We all hope that you never have to administer it to anyone, especially not a young baby, but knowing what to do in particular situations is an incredibly important skill to have.
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