Super Practical First Aid tips

23rd May 2018, by Katherine Whitby


I am hot foot back from my own update for Paediatric First Aid. As well as making sure all the training and info I give is as up to date as possible, I love gathering extra tips to share with you all. Here are 5 of the best tips, old and new, for you. First Aid is the same for all ages but we adapt things for kiddies to make them less scared and more co-operative!

Do let me know if you have used any of them or have any extras to add!


What do I do if my child gets stung?

If the sting is to the lip give sips of water to cool and reduce swelling. Use a credit card to scrap the sting and flick it out. Did you know that was the best thing to do?! Never use tweezers or pull the sting out as venom could release the venom under the skin and into the blood stream. If on a limb elevate and apply a cool compress – a Peppa pig or Mr Bump bruise soother will be perfect, if you have one! If the child is showing any signs of facial swelling or difficulty in breathing please call 999 as they could be having an allergic reaction.


When treating a burn – any burn – cool running water if the best thing.

No matter what has been caused the burn it must be cooled down as quickly and as effectively as possible and cool running water for 10 minutes, is the best thing to do this. If it is caused by hot water (scald), a hot object (thermal), a chemical burn, an ice burn, an electrical burn, radiation or a dry burn you know that cool running water will offer pain relief and prevent further damage.


When cleaning cuts and grazes clean water is the best thing.

It’s what we use in A&E & I recommend on the Baby & Child First Aid course. St John Ambulance confirmed when antiseptic is applied & stings it’s causing cell damage which can delay healing & increase the risk of infection. Did you know that? So, let the body do it’s job healing!

It is also not helpful when you are trying to calm a child down & the antiseptic stings & makes them cry more! If a wound is particularly dirty or concerning, please seek advice.


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The best way to get splinters out

It is horrible when little fingers and feet get a splinter. This is more common in the warm weather when they are love the grass under their feet! You may need an extra pair of hands to offer comfort and keep them still or if you are on your own do the best you can!

  • Wash your hands
  • Clean area with soap and water to soften the skin
  • Squeeze the skin
  • Use tweezers to remove
  • ’Milk’ skin to let it bleed slightly and remove dirt
  • Clean with water and apply plaster - character child friendly plasters work a treat - Peppa pig, Paw Patrol etc!
  • Make sure tetanus is up to date

What do you do if a tooth has been knocked out?

Usually there is little any dentist would do for a ‘milk’ first tooth but do seek advice from your dentist for your own reassurance also. Ideally if the child is old enough to understand put the tooth back into where is fell out and ask them to keep it there until you see a dentist. Otherwise, place the tooth in milk or ideally their spit (not yours, our mouths are full of germs!) and see a dentist ASAP. Do you know where you nearest emergency dentist is? If not check out now just in case! I always think if you find out you never need it, it’s when you haven’t and you wished you had!

As ever check you have an up to date First Aid kit, have recently done a First Aid course (get in touch if you need a refresher) and have all you contacts for minor accidents as well as the emergencies on your pin board!


Take Care

Katherine x


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