This week is child safety week raising awareness of the risks of childhood accidents and how we can prevent them. There are potential risks around every corner for developing and inquiring minds. Hot pans being pulled from the stove, trips and falls, road safety, swallowing of poisons to name but a few.
I have two children of my own and have had to deal with numerous accidents throughout their lives, falls, insect stings, illness and even the ingestion of medication. Being a qualified nurse of 20 years and now a training officer for Lubas medical, I feel prepared to cope with most situations, but when it comes to my own children things can always seem that little bit more worrying. It would appear I have not passed this anxiety onto them. I remember my daughter probably about 8 at the time fell from the trampoline and was crying in pain, when I asked her what happened she said she there was no point in telling me because all I would say is “you’ll be okay” when I asked her is that what I always say she said “yes, but you’re always right”. She cried for a little bit more and then ran off to play on the trampoline again. There were times however when I didn’t know it would be alright and remember 2 ambulance rides with my son, one when he had a fever, thankfully from tonsillitis and not meningitis and the other when his lips swelled due to an allergic reaction. I am thankful that I knew the signs to look for that indicated to me he was very unwell and knew the appropriate action to take.
Choking is a medical emergency that has always worried me and even more so where children are concerned. We all know that children put everything and anything in their mouths indeed my inquisitive daughter was once found eating the dogs’ dinner! As a child I can still remember my mother hitting a friend of mine hard on the back to dislodge a fifty pence piece that was stuck in her throat, thankfully she lived to tell the tale, but tragically some children do not.
We cannot wrap our children in cotton-wool nor supervise them 24 hours a day as they grow and seek independence, but we can prepare ourselves with knowledge and skills and be able to react what we should do when an accident happens. The message of this child safety week is turn off technology, to become less distracted and look at the world around us and the potential risks it holds for our children. You could use this time to attend the first aid for parents course so you will be prepared if an accident should happen. We at Lubas medical can run such courses anywhere, playgroups, mother and toddler groups or even workplaces. Give us a call to arrange a course today.