First Aid for 5 Common Accidents and Emergencies at Home
The home should be the safest place for your family. However, it is not always the case because accidents can always happen no matter how careful you are. Your child can get scraped while playing, you can get a cut or burn while cooking, and your spouse can have a dental emergency.
What I’m trying to point out is accidents do happen and the best you can do is to always be prepared. That’s why knowing some first aid techniques is important for the health and safety of your family.
Here are some of the first aid tips you need to know right now:
1. How do you treat a minor cut or scrape?
- First thing you should do is to wash your hands to avoid getting the wound infected.
- If the cut is still bleeding, apply some pressure on it to stop the bleeding by using bandage or a clean cloth.
- Clean the wound by using soap and running water. Make sure that dirt and any debris are removed.
- Apply an ointment if you have any in your first aid kit. If not, a thin layer of petroleum jelly will do.
- Lastly, cover it up with a bandage or gauze.
2. How do you handle dental emergencies?
There are different types of dental emergencies and most need the supervision of a dentist. Check out this helpful infographic to learn about the five most common dental emergencies and how to handle them. Just remember that after you’ve applied these temporary treatments, you still need proper emergency dental services to make sure that everything is fine.
3. What to do with a minor burn?
If it’s just a minor burn keep in mind that it will normally heal by itself within 7 to 10 days so there’s no need to go to the hospital for that. But of course you still need to treat it first.
- Soak the affected area in cool water. Do it for at least five minutes.
- Apply an antibiotic or burn ointment if you have one in your first aid kit. An aloe vera gel is a good alternative.
- Take a pain reliever if necessary. Ibuprofen will work just fine.
4. How to treat a nosebleed?
There are many causes of nose bleeding. It can be due to a trauma, an allergic reaction, infection, and dry air. Here’s what you should do:
- Sit and lean forward while putting direct pressure on the nose. Make sure your hands are clean or just use a clean cloth. Do this for about 10 minutes.
- If a bleeding starts again, you may use a nasal decongestant spray.
- Call a doctor if the bleeding won’t stop after 15 or 20 minutes.
5. How to treat an animal bite?
If you have a pet at home, like a dog or a cat, there is always the risk of getting bitten. Especially if you have a small child who loves to play with animals. Here are what you should do in case of an animal bite:
- If there’s bleeding, put pressure on the wound. Use a clean cloth or a gauze.
- Clean the wound with soap and water. Put the wound under running water if possible.
- Then cover it immediately with a bandage, gauze or a clean cloth.
- It is always a good idea to go to the hospital to have the bitten area checked by a doctor.
Always Be Prepared
These are just a few of the home injuries and emergencies any family may experience so it’s important that you go through it every now and then just to be prepared. Also, make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit nearby. Knowing what to do and having the right tools for the job is a necessity for these emergencies.