Childhood is a time for growing and learning. But it can be dangerous too, as we are constantly exploring our environment. Accidents happen more often than we think, with the most common childhood injuries being burns, falls, choking and suffocation. These accidents can cause long-term distress to children’s development if not treated properly.
Here are 7 of the most common childhood injuries:
1) Burns – commonly caused by scalding liquids or hot dishes; 2) Falls – these account for over 50% of all accidental injury in children aged 2-14; years old; 3) Choking; 4) Suffocation – this occurs when an object blocks your airway or breathing passage; 5) Electric shocks – children are always attracted to electricity; 6) Bites and stings (animal or insect).
Kids may experience these injuries at any time of the day. So make sure you know what the first aid procedures for children commonly experiencing accidents are. If your children develop any of these symptoms, you must take them to specialized emergency medical care immediately.
These injuries can result in long-term physical and psychological damage if not treated quickly: children can lose limbs, their sense of sight or hearing. Some children may never fully recover from these accidents; they will have to live with significant disabilities for the rest of their lives. So it’s vital to know all you can about children’s first aid and when children should be taken to specialist medical care.
Anti-burn treatments: children burned by fire or anything else that may result in a burn must receive immediate attention. Never pull off the burned clothing, as children can get additional burns from their clothes rubbing against exposed skin. Cover children with water, milk or a water-based solution to cool the burns, as children’s skin is more vulnerable than adults’ skin. Do not use ice or frozen water on children’s injuries; it can cause further injuries. Always cover children with a clean and dry dressing when you are waiting for emergency medical help to arrive.
The danger of suffocation: children love to put small objects into their mouths, and children can easily choke. This mostly happens inside the home, when children are left unattended. The first sign of choking is children coughing and gagging repeatedly. If children do not cough and gag, but seem to be experiencing difficulty in breathing or look pale or blue, they may also require emergency care immediately.
To prevent children from choking, do not leave them unsupervised; keep small objects away from children under the age of six months. It is also important to know how to perform infant resuscitation in case children are at risk of choking. If children begin to experience any kind of difficulty in breathing or look pale, immediately call an ambulance and begin resuscitation.
2) Children injured from falls
Falls are quite common, especially in children who are learning how to walk and run. Children can fall from heights greater than a metre (about 3 feet) or fall onto hard objects such as floorboards. It is important when children have fallen to check whether they have experienced any injuries by asking children questions such as: have children fallen and landed on their head? Have children felt dizzy after they fell? If children are making any abnormal movements in response to these questions, it is important to call an ambulance. The child may have experienced internal injuries which require specialized medical care.
3) Children throwing up blood or black sticky fluid
When children vomit, children can vomit blood or black sticky fluid from children’s stomach. This indicates children have a bleeding problem in children’s stomach and children need to undergo a medical procedure called endoscopy within 24 hours to stop the bleeding.
Suffocating may seem like an odd way to die, but it is surprisingly common. The leading cause of suffocation are intentional strangulation and accidental smothering by pillows or blankets
A person who dies this way often has bruises around the neck that make it clear what happened. Suffocated bodies typically have no external injuries (besides those on their head for when they fall) other than marks left behind from whatever was used to block off their airway – usually hands or objects placed over them while sleeping/passed out drunk.
Suffocation can also happen in more casual ways too: with people choking after eating something stuck in their throat, not being able to breathe because you’re underwater during a drowning accident, using drugs which make you pass out/shut off your airway and many more.
Some children will suffocate themselves willingly because they’re going through an eating disorder , such as bulimia, anorexia or just not wanting to see evidence of what they’ve eaten – children with bulimia in particular often vomit when they know other people are around so they can hide their “secret eating” from others.
5) Electric shocks – children are always attracted to electricity
This is because of the power sources they’re exposed to from a very early age. They see their parents use electricity, and are always drawn towards it as if by an invisible force in order to explore what makes this stuff so special!
It’s no mystery that children love exploring things – especially when those things seem mysterious or exciting. From refrigerators sparking with life on the inside, kids can’t help but be attracted right over there for some light show action themselves (which also explains why we have such high rates of electrical injuries). This just goes to prove how much more observant these little ones are than adults: not only do they notice all the cool colors you get off your fridge after opening up its doors-they know enough about electric.
6) Bites and stings (animal or insect)
Animal bites and stings can cause children a lot of distress, even if they don’t seem too serious in the moment. Cat, dog, and insect bites can cause children to begin scratching at their wounds until they become infected or suffer an infection by themselves (e.g., spider bite). In more extreme cases children may have to go quickly.
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