Common Childhood Emergencies (And What You Can Do about them)
Children are more vulnerable to emergencies as they sometimes can’t express the urgency properly. So babies may have some problems which need to be observed by parents closely. Here are some of the emergencies that parents need to be cognizant of and should address as soon as they arise.
Sometimes children can face breathing problems which may lead to severe respiratory complications. Children may turn blue due to a lack of oxygen. Sometimes pneumonia or cold fever can be the reasons for breathing problems too.
In this case, take your baby outside under fresh air. If his/her breathing does not become normal consult a pediatrician as soon as possible.
Breaking hands or legs
Children may need some time to make their bones strong. Sometimes children are very restless so their bones might break easily as a result of falling down. If you suspect that your baby may have suffered something like a broken bone or swollen joints of hands or legs, then don’t delay at all and take him/her to the hospital as soon as possible. Before that try to calm your baby down. If he/she cries too much, then you should call your pediatrician for immediate guidance.
Cuts or Scratches on body
Another common childhood problem for babies is to cut or scratch their hands or legs accidentally. Generally, children’s nails are sharp, so if you don’t trim them regularly then they may injure themselves. So trim your baby’s nail regularly. Sometimes it would be tough to do this when the baby is awake, so you can try it when the baby is sleeping. If your baby hurts themselves a lot or if the bleeding does not stop, then immediately consult a doctor.
Diarrhea and vomit
Another common child problem is vomit and diarrhea. Till a certain age baby’s suck each and everything they find nearby. Food poisoning may be a common consequence of this. But if your child has diarrhea or vomit he/she may face dehydration very quickly. Keep your baby hydrated and consult your pediatrician on the treatment plan.
Something stuck in the nose or ear
Most of the children face this type of problem frequently. In this case, too, you should consult your pediatrician immediately and take your child to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.
Children are more prone to diseases and may hurt themselves often. Keep yourself calm and handle the situation. Consult your pediatrician immediately if you feel something is not right.