Guest Post: How To Deal With First Aid Situations at Home
Today is the first official day of Summer. With that comes the season for minor accidents and a need to dust off and restock the first aid kit. Here are some useful tips for first aid at home from Allison at HomeInsurance.com.
As summertime approaches, injuries and accidents are a fact of life, especially for those of us with children. While you can’t control all situations that you’ll encounter, you can definitely be prepared for incidents that can occur to ensure that you know what to do to prevent further issues before you find professional help. Most accidents at home are on a small scale, but in case of serious injury you’ll want to get to a medical professional right away.
Cuts, Scrapes and Bruises
Cuts, scrapes and bruises are the most common injuries to occur during the spring and summer months, and require only a little care to keep from becoming a big issue. The key with open wounds is to get them clean and stop the bleeding as soon as possible. Watch for swelling or redness around any cuts, which can indicate an infection or other issue and will require medical assistance. Using alcohol or saline solution, clean any scrapes or abrasions. Press fabric or tie a cloth to the injury if it is bleeding. If bleeding continues, elevate the injury for about fifteen minutes. When in doubt, see a doctor; stiches might be necessary.
Sprains and Strains
When running or playing any form of sport, there is a chance that a sprain or a strain will occur. The most common sprain is the ankle, but sprains can happen in shoulders, wrists and other ligaments as well. Elevation can bring down swelling in sprains, and ice is an excellent way to lower inflammation as well. If your injury is sore enough that you have trouble moving it or putting weight on it, you may need to seek medical help to guarantee there aren’t any issues or complications.
Bites and Stings
Bites and stings are generally not particularly harmful to humans, except in instances where an allergy exists. If you’ve been bit or stung by an insect, you should take a minute to sit down, ice and clean the sting. Check to ensure the stinger is no longer in your body, and watch closely for any signs that you may be developing an allergic reaction. Certain areas of America are breeding grounds for ticks, and need to be extra vigilant when walking in wooded areas to check for ticks, which can cause serious health issues. If a bite or sting swells a lot, or itches and burns beyond what would be considered normal, seek medical attention from a trained professional.