Cuts, scrapes, stings and bruises. These all come with childhood, no parent can prevent their child from ever getting them, that’s all a part of the growing and learning process for your child. What you need to do is arm yourself with the necessary knowledge to treat your hurt child in any situation. In our last program we told you how to treat your child for cuts, scrapes, scratches or any bleeding wound. Today we will share with you how to treat your child for sprains and insect stings.
Let’s start with Sprains: When a child sprains a body part, or appears to have serious bruising and discomfort, immediately apply ice for 20 minutes to restrict swelling in the area. Elevating the area above the heart will also help restrict swelling, and later it will reduce pain and throbbing. A serious sprain will cause extremely severe pain. The area needs to be supported by a brace, which can be issued by a doctor or purchased at a drug store. Quick swelling of the injured area usually signals a sprain or some other serious injury. Seek medical attention if you suspect a broken bone.
For bee, wasp and other insect stings: If a stinger is left in the skin, gently scrape it out using a credit card. Don’t pull it out with tweezers (or using a similar method) as this causes the poison to spread. Cover the stung area with a baking soda and water paste, a well-known home remedy for treating bee stings. Leave the paste on for 20 minutes. By this time the pain should have subsided. If not, an ice pack will help. If a child experiences dizziness, nausea, or trouble breathing he or she might be having an allergic reaction. In this case get them to a doctor immediately.