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5 Ways You Could Save Your Baby’s Life

5 ways you could save your baby's life

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare that their baby or young child will hurt themselves, or be involved in a medical emergency. Thankfully St John Ambulance has created a poster designed to inform parents of five ways you can save your baby’s life.

It really is a vital read for new parents and, as it is in poster format, we recommend printing and hanging in a location easy to see so friends and family can learn from it too.

5 ways to save your baby's life

Along with poster guidance like this, St John Ambulance have fantastic advice on their website with varied topics and situations. They also offer a baby first aid course which you can attend for added peace of mind.

Before you head over to their website, however, we have a few extra bits of advice for you.

Painkillers

To relive headaches and fevers in younger children, 2 months and above, paracetamol is advised. 3 months and above, ibuprofen can be used, but always check the dosage before giving this to your child. Ibuprofen should be avoided if your child has asthma unless advised otherwise by your GP.

Cuts and grazes

Clean the graze under cold water or using alcohol free wipes, gently working away from the centre.
Pat the area dry with a clean non-fluffy cloth or a sterile gauze (a type of medical dressing)
Remove, and apply a sterile dressing or plaster.

If it’s possible that the baby’s cut may be infected, seek medical advice.

Thermometers

    • Digital Thermometers – Quick, easy to use and accurate. Digital thermometers should be used under the armpit for children under 5 by placing it under the child’s arm and holding the arm against their body for the time stated by the manufacturer (usually 15-30 seconds).
    • Ear Thermometers – In-ear thermometers are popular because it only takes a second or two to get a reading by using infrared to get a reading from the heat generated inside the ear. Ear thermometers can be expensive though, and if not placed correctly inside the ear, can affect the accuracy. If you have a newborn, their ears will be too small to use an in-ear thermometer, so always check the age guidance from the manufacturer.
check your baby's temperature
  • Strip Type Thermometers – These are held onto your child’s forehead but are not an accurate way of taking your child’s temperature as it shows the temperature of the skin, not body.

A fever is generally considered to be 38C (100.4F) or over.

You can find our range of thermometers here.

Meningitis – What To Look For

Meningitis is an infection (either bacterial or viral) of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord that babies and young children under the age of five are particularly vulnerable to.

The key symptoms to look out for are:

  • A tense or bulging soft spot on their head
  • High temperature
  • Unusual drowsiness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Stiff body with jerky movements/or floppy and lifeless
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Breathing fast/difficulty breathing
  • Blotchy skin – may turn pale or blue
  • Pin prick rash/marks

Remember The Tumbler Test

meningitis tumbler test

Press a glass tumbler against the rash. If you can see the marks clearly though the glass, then seek medical help immediately.

It is important to remember that not all children will get all symptoms and they will not show in a particular order. If you feel you have reason to, don’t be afraid to seek medical help. While you are waiting, keep the child cool and hydrated.

For first aid kits and consumables, head to www.medisave.co.uk

Do you have any tips or advice for new parents? Leave a comment below to have your say.

Reference sites:
//www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/baby-first-aid-kit.aspx
//www.sja.org.uk/sja/first-aid-advice/first-aid-for-parents/first-aid-for-new-baby/meningitis-in-babies.aspx

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