The Parent’s Guide to 3 Common Childhood Injuries
As children grow up and participate in an active childhood, injuries are bound to happen. Some are minor scrapes and bruises that come about without even knowing what took place. Some more severe injuries include broken bones and wounds that require stitches. It’s important that you learn how to assess your child’s injuries. This will help you to determine if your child needs medical attention.
Whether you are a new parent or a parent that is just starting to experience the rambunctious nature of a young child, read on to find out about the 3 most common childhood injuries and how you should treat them.
A broken bone can occur from a fall, tumble, accident, etc. A severely broken bone can potentially break the skin. This is an emergency situation that should be addressed immediately. You can take your child into the doctor's office to have the break diagnosed. You can also take your child to the hospital or an urgent care facility that deals with broken bones.
Scrapes like road rash only need to be taken to instant care if it's deep enough to expose fat, muscle, and/or bone. Otherwise, clean the wound out with something like soap and water or hydrogen peroxide. Apply an antibiotic ointment and cover it with a bandage. Make sure that your child takes care of the wound, so it heals properly without scarring. Changing the bandage and reapplying antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin at least daily.
A young child can experience a serious burn from a number of sources. Ovens, stoves, toasters, toaster ovens, and hot plates can all cause a burn to some degree. Burns can vary in severity, but all burns should be treated as soon as possible to stop the skin from burning even more.
A minor burn can be relieved by running the affected area under cold water. If the skin has begun to blister almost on contact, make sure you cool the area and keep it clean. Don’t peel off the skin and expose what’s underneath. This could lead to infection or scarring.
Depending on what your child’s injury is, there are different steps that you should take to address the issue. A minor wound should be properly cleaned and bandaged right away. Something that you can’t stop bleeding should be seen by a doctor. If you suspect that your child has a broken bone, always follow up with the doctor. It’s beneficial if you have a good relationship with your child’s pediatrician. They can be on call whenever these situations arise.
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