First Aid & Safety > Emergencies

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  • Bites and Scratches
    Animal bites and scratches, even minor ones, can become infected and spread bacteria to other parts of the body, regardless of whether the animal is a family pet or a wild animal.
  • Broken Bones, Sprains, and Strains
    Broken bones and torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons happen. Find out what to do if your child experiences any breaks, strains, or sprains.
  • Bug Bites and Stings
    In most cases, bug bites and stings are just nuisances. But in some cases, they can cause infections and allergic reactions. It's important to know the signs, and when to get medical attention.
  • Burns
    Burns, especially scalds from hot water and liquids, are some of the most common childhood accidents. Minor burns often can be safely treated at home, but more serious burns require medical care.
  • Choking
    Choking is an emergency - so it's important to recognize the signs of choking and know what to do if happens.
  • Concussions
    The term concussion conjures up the image of a child knocked unconscious while playing sports. But concussions can happen with any head injury, often without any loss of consciousness.
  • CPR
    Every parent should know how and when to administer CPR. Done correctly, CPR can save a child's life by restoring breathing and circulation until medical personnel arrive.
  • Dealing With Cuts
    Find out how to handle minor cuts at home - and when to seek professional treatment.
  • Dehydration
    Sometimes kids lose fluids and salts through fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or long periods of exercise with excessive sweating. Here are some tips on preventing or treating dehydration.
  • Eye Injuries
    You can treat many minor eye irritations by flushing the eye, but more serious injuries require medical attention.
  • Fever and Taking Your Child's Temperature
    Although it can be frightening when your child's temperature rises, fever itself causes no harm and can actually be a good thing - it's often the body's way of fighting infections.
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Casts
    Getting a cast often comes with plenty of questions. Read on for answers to some frequent inquiries many parents - and kids - may have about casts.
  • Frostbite
    You can help prevent frostbite in cold weather by dressing kids in layers, making sure they come indoors at regular intervals, and watching for frostnip, frostbite's early warning signal.
  • Getting Help: Know the Numbers
    The best time to prepare for an emergency is before one happens. Make sure your family knows emergency phone numbers - and make sure your kids know how to place a call for help.
  • Going to the Emergency Room
    Knowing what to expect when you need to take your child to the emergency room can help make it a little less stressful.
  • Head Injuries
    Head injuries fall into two categories: external and internal. Learn more about both kinds, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child is injured.
  • Heat Illness
    Active kids can be at risk for heat illness, which can result in heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke. Learn how to prevent and treat heat illness.
  • Is it a Medical Emergency?
    Should you head straight for the emergency room when your child is hurt? Different problems require different levels of care, and you have many options.
  • Knowing Your Child's Medical History
    In an emergency, health care professionals will have many questions about a patient's medical history. It's easy to compile this information now, and it could save critical minutes later.
  • Nosebleeds
    A nosebleed can be scary, but it's rarely cause for alarm. Here's how to handle one at home.
  • Seizures
    Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain. Find out what you need to know about seizures and what to do if your child has one.
  • Serious Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)
    Kids with severe allergies can be at risk for a sudden, serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. The good news is it can be prevented and treated.
  • Teaching Your Child How to Use 911
    Teaching your child how to use 911 in an emergency could be one of the simplest - and most important - lessons you'll ever share.
  • Tick Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide
    Boy, your child's freckles really stand out in the sun - but wait, that one isn't a freckle at all. It's a tick. What should you do?
  • Vomiting
    Most vomiting is caused by gastroenteritis, and usually isn't serious. These home-care tips can help prevent dehydration.
  • What You Need to Know in an Emergency
    In an emergency, it's hard to think clearly about your kids' health information. Here's what important medical information you should have handy, just in case.
 

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