How To Settle A Child After Injury
We all remember our own childhoods. How careless and carefree we were in equal measure. This began from the moment we woke up in the morning, running around the house with no care for if we fell over our pets, or tripped over our own toys. Then, from there, heading out to play with our friends or in the garden, riding our bicycles or playing on the playframe. Those who lived in more rural areas are likely to remember exploring through fields and maybe coming into contact with wildlife.
As wonderful and adventurous and exploratory as childhood is - it’s also very dangerous. Children seem naturally predisposed to injuring themselves. From bumped heads to scraped knees to sometimes worse, as a parent it’s not a matter of if, but when our child will experience something like this. That’s why it pays for us to know how to handle ourselves, and know how to respond to the situation with care. It’s much better to be prepared than the contrary, and with the following little attitudes and tips, you should settle and care for your child well when this happens:
A child is obviously unsettled the moment they become injured. Not only are they in pain, but they will likely be in shock, emotionally and physically. This can lead to some odd reactions on their part. They will be in internal chaos as they try to process the event. This is where you need to come in as the emotional bedrock. You cannot become overly emotional, despite this being your child. If you exaggerate, you’re likely to make the child feel insecure and believe their situation to be worse than it is.
We’re not asking you to be a stone-faced monk in the face of your child suffering, but simply focusing on only the task of caring for them and healing them will help you avoid panicking or neglecting immediate and instant care. You should comfort them with either a blanket, or with something more personal to them. Hug, kiss and tell them they’ll be okay as you work towards a solution. Do not berate, no matter how silly and careless they might have been.
The first step is to ensure you know how to respond. The first instance will tell you if you need to contact a medical professional. If not, you can check the scope of the damage and quickly google how to heal a graze, or how to bandage a leg. If so, you can do this while someone in the property calls an ambulance, or prepare the car for immediate transport. Inspect the wound and noticed properties, such as how large, deep or damaging it is. Clean it if possible, especially if filled with grit or other difficulties. This will also help you understand what to apply. When dressing, you might use Medihoney from your first aid kit, or apply an ice cold package to a certain area. It might be you try to wash out a certain wound, or apply pressure. In the case of broken bones, more extreme supports might be needed, depending on severity. This is why it’s very important for parents to undergo first aid training if possible, or at least know how to use all first aid items in their kit.
With these simple tips, settling a child should be a little easier, if not pleasant to deal with.