What to do with bumps and grazes!

It is a vital part of children’s development to begin to take measured risks and this means that sometimes they will hurt themselves. With Strider knee and elbow pads and a range of safety gloves designed to protect knees,elbows and little hands we hope you won't need this advice on what to do if they do have an accident. After all a Strider Bike is the safest way to learn to ride a bike, as with feet flat on the floor the child is always in control.

Bumps and grazes

In the course of the child's daily life, most bumps and grazes are fortunately minor, but it is vital that parents and carers have the skills and confidence to swiftly assess the extent of the injury and know how to help. We have teamed up with Emma Hammett from First Aid For Life for some simple advice on what to do!

The following guide should help you to treat common injuries quickly and efficiently.

Grazes

grazed armGrazes are superficial injuries resulting in skin being scraped off revealing a dirty wound. It is never a priority to immediately clean the wound and it is fine to patch up a minor injury with a plaster; however the wound must be cleaned properly once you are somewhere where you can wash your hands, wear gloves and use gauze and water, or antiseptic wipes to clean it thoroughly.
• Clean the wound from the inside out and throw away the wipe. Repeat this until the wound is completely clean and devoid of any grit or mud.
• Apply a non-adherent dressing pad, shiny side down onto the wound and secure with medical tape or Micropore.
The dressing can be removed at night to allow the air to get to the wound. Avoid soaking in a bath, or going swimming until the wound has healed properly.

Something embedded in the wound
Generally objects embedded in wounds should not be removed; however the one exception to this is a splinter.
Splinter removal
To remove splinters you should first wash the wound with warm, soapy water and then use a clean pair of tweezers to firmly grip the splinted and remove it from the same direction as it went in. Squeeze the wound slightly to ensure the splinter is completely out and to encourage a small amount of bleeding to expel any dirt. Ensure their tetanus is up to date.
Bruises
Bruises – are bleeding under the skin. Apply a wrapped ice pack for 10 minutes to reduce bruising.

Bumped head

Toddler with a bumped head Toddler with a bumped head

For bruised heads and head injuries it is important to look for signs of internal head injury and monitor them closely for the next 48 hours. Call an ambulance if you see any of the following:
• unconsciousness
• abnormal breathing
• obvious serious wound or suspected skull fracture
• bleeding or clear fluid from the nose, ear, or mouth
• disturbance of speech or vision
• pupils of unequal size
• weakness or paralysis
• dizziness
• neck pain or stiffness
• fitting
• vomiting more than once - (it is not unusual for children to vomit immediately after an accident as a response to pain, so do not panic if a child is sick just once after a head injury – but they should be assessed by a medical professional anyway).

 

Avoid Bumps and Grazes and get your little one kitted out with a good quality helmet, safety gloves and knee and elbow pads. Visit our shop now 

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