What to do when your toddler cuts their head

A few days ago my daughter Riley fell over a chair and cut her head on a sharp corner. The cut immediately started bleeding heavily and it looked very dramatic and bad, I immediately panicked and got my partner to call an ambulance straight away. In hindsight, this probably wasn't necessary as I would of actually got to A&E quicker if we had just jumped in the car and drove but because I had no idea what to do and wasn't sure of the severity of the cut I panicked (as any mother would seeing their child covered in blood right?). Thats why I thought I would share what I have learned on here to accurately inform other parents on what they need to do if (god forbid) their child ever gets injured in a similar way.

What to do when your toddler cuts their head:

*The following information is sourced from Webmd*

When to call an ambulance:

  • Bleeding is severe

  • You suspect internal bleeding

  • There is an abdominal or chest wound

  • Bleeding can't be stopped after 10 minutes of firm and steady pressure

  • Blood spurts out of wound

Step one - Stop the bleeding:

  • Apply direct pressure on the cut or wound with a clean cloth, tissue, or piece of gauze until bleeding stops.

  • If blood soaks through the material, don’t remove it. Put more cloth or gauze on top of it and continue to apply pressure.

  • If the wound is on the arm or leg, raise limb above the heart, if possible, to help slow bleeding.

  • Wash your hands again after giving first aid and before cleaning and dressing the wound.

  • Do not apply a tourniquet unless the bleeding is severe and not stopped with direct pressure.

Step two - Clean the wound:

  • Gently clean with soap and warm water. Try to rinse soap out of wound to prevent irritation.

  • Don’t use hydrogen peroxide or iodine, which can damage tissue.

Step three - Protect the wound:

  • Apply antibiotic cream to reduce risk of infection and cover with a sterile bandage.

  • Change the bandage daily to keep the wound clean and dry.

It can be easy to panic in situations like this but by making yourself well informed you can calmly deal with any emergency in a quick and efficient manner. Children pick up on our emotions very easily so the more you panic the more they will. It's always a good idea to take an infant first aid course too.

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