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How to Help Your Child With These 2 Problems Before Visiting the Emergency Room

by Regina Perry

They As a parent or caregiver, you're probably more than aware of how worrying it is when a child has an accident or illness. Depending on the severity of the situation, that fever or fall could warrant self-care. Or, it may require a trip to the emergency department. Knowing more about the first aid measures you can provide at home will help you decide whether an ED trip is necessary.

Fevers

In most cases, a child's fever doesn't require an ED visit. Your child has a fever if their temperature reaches 37.4 degrees Celsius or above. In most cases, you can address the issue with a combination of liquid paracetamol, hydrating them, and removing their clothes. Avoid placing your child under cold water as doing so confuses their internal temperature regulation and worsens the problem.

If your child's fever doesn't settle despite giving liquid paracetamol, seek medical advice. If it is above 39 degrees, or 38 degrees and they are under six months old, visit the ED.

Falls

As adventurous creatures, children fall over regularly. In most cases, a child's fall doesn't mean they need to visit the ED; even if they hit their head. There are some circumstances, however, where you should seek prompt medical attention:

  • They fall from a height that's taller than themselves onto their head.
  • They hit their head and become drowsy and/or vomit.
  • They injure a limb and they're unable to use it as they usually would.

When a child does fall and injure themselves, you can try to treat it yourself using rest, ice, and elevation. Elevate the limb to above heart level to encourage blood to flow away from the injury. Add ice for periods of 10 minutes at a time to reduce vasodilation and limit the swelling. If they complain of pain, liquid paracetamol is appropriate.

If you'd prefer to be more prepared for injuries, services like Hitaid003 provide first aid to those who need it for occupational and personal reasons. Seeking out a paediatric first aid training course allows you to equip yourself with the skills you need to make sensible decisions. Alongside addressing injuries and fevers, you can learn about how to manage choking and allergic reactions.

With the right training and knowledge, avoiding an unnecessary ED department trip becomes easier. At the same time, you'll gather the skills you need to act promptly if the time to do so comes.

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