Knowing these ten things could save your child's
Every year in this country nearly 6,700 children under the age of fourteen die and
another 50,000 are permanently disabled from preventable injuries.
1. Know How To Spot An Emergency Situation.
- An emergency situation exists if you think your child could die or suffer permanent harm
unless prompt care is received. If you are not sure, make the call!
2. Know How To Contact Your Local Emergency Service.
- In communities that have a 9-1-1 system, simply dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency connects
you to Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the police and fire department.
- IMPORTANT - Some areas of the country do not have 9-1-1. In these areas, there are
different numbers to call for a medical, police or fire emergency. Find out what
they are and P.L.A.N.--Post Lists of All
Emergency Numbers on or by every telephone in your home.
Seconds count when calling your local ambulance/emergency service, poison control center,
and police and fire departments--P.L.AN. now!
3. Learn CPR And Choking Rescue Procedures For
Infants And Children.
- Knowing how to perform CPR procedures on a child who has stopped breathing could provide
your child with the lifesaving support that he or she needs before the professionals
- Understanding basic choking rescue procedures is essential to saving the life of any
child whose airway is blocked by objects lodged in the throat.
- Your local American Red Cross or American Heart Association chapter has information on
CPR courses offered in your area. Also check with your local hospital for CPR
training, first aid and child safety courses.
4. Learn The Basics Of First Aid.
- Knowing how to stop serious bleeding from an open wound, manage shock, handle fractures
and control a fever could provide your child with the right amount of help during an
- Learning first-aid will help you recognize an emergency.
5. Immunize, Immunize, Immunize.
- Get all your child's immunizations on time. Failure to do so places your child at
serious risk of permanent disability and even death from a preventable illness!
6. Remember What To Do If Your Child Is Involved In A
- DO NOT MOVE your child unless in further danger. Moving the child unnecessarily
could result in permanent injury.
- Keep the child warm and, if conscious, keep him or her still.
7. Understand What To Do If Your Child Is Poisoned.
- If your child has been poisoned, bring poison (and child, if possible) with you to the
phone when calling the poison control center.
- Memorize your local poison control center's number and post it by the phone--P.L.A.N.!
- Have Syrup of Ipecac on hand -- BUT only use if directed to do so.
8. Learn What To Do In Case Your Child Has A Serious
- DO NOT move any child who is unconscious or has struck his or her head. Doing so
may result in a more serious injury or permanent disability.
- Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number in cases involving any loss of consciousness,
blood or watery fluid coming from the ear or nose, and/or a convulsion/seizure.
9. Know How To Treat Your Child In Case Of A Burn --
Stop The Process.
- For minor burns without blisters, place the burned area into cold water until pain is
gone (about 15 minutes). DO NOT use ice.
- For burns with blisters, call your doctor immediately. DO NOT use butter or
- Large and/or deep burns require an immediate call to 9-1-1 or your local emergency
number. Keep your child warm with a clean sheet and then a blanket until help
10. Be Prepared To Act In Case Your Child Has A
- Perform rescue breathing if your child is not breathing. If breathing, lay child
on his or her side.
- Protect your child from other injuries by moving him or her away from dangerous objects.
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Material taken from Emergency Medical Services for Children.