but first, first aid
Daisy first aid brings us a must-read of summer emergency situations and preventative care
from the moment you leave the hospital with your bundle of joy, to your teenager going on their first holiday with friends or moving out of home, parenting or caring for a child is a challenge.daisy first aid provides parents, grandparents and caregivers with the first aid skills they need to cope in an emergency, giving them one less thing to worry about.
mother of three, Jenni Dunman, set up daisy first aid four years ago after she stopped her friend’s daughter from choking on a cookie in a cafe. working as a police officer at the time, Jenni realised that many people lacked the first aid skills she had and wanted to do something to help educate and empower them.there are often stories about accidents at home, whether it is a child eating a dishwasher tablet or getting scalded by hot water. these things can happen to anyone and we hope that our classes leave people feeling happy and confident about how to prevent these kinds of incidents and also cope with the unpredictable and life-threatening.
as the countdown to the summer holidays begins, the warm weather and sunshine bring a buzz of excitement for the imminent bbqs, adventures and trips to the seaside. summer is the time of year medical staff see an increase in the number of patients affected by the heat and sun. wearing sunscreen and drinking water are a good start but let’s see if there’s anything else we can be aware of to help protect our families this summer. here are daisy first aid’s top 5 tips for summer safety:
a bedroom temperature of 16-20℃ is recommended. a thermometer can be used to monitor this. sleeping bags are safe and comfortable for children under three and come in a range of tog ratings from 3.5 to 0.5 for use in hot weather.
you can use a fan to cool the room and circulate air. a bottle of frozen water in front of the fan also helps.
open the window and keep the blinds or curtains pulled during the day to stop the room from heating up in direct sunlight.
check your child’s body temperature by touching the back of their neck or tummy. the legs and arms are usually cooler.
never place a blanket over a child’s pram or buggy to keep out the light when they are napping during hot weather. use a muslin or a snooze shade both of which are breathable.
2. coping with the heat
symptoms to look out for include tiredness, weakness, feeling dizzy or faint. pale clammy skin that feels hot to touch although the child may say they feel cold. intense thirst, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps, as well as racing pulse, headache and decreased urine output. .
respond to these symptoms by moving the child to a cool, shaded area. let them lie down and remove any excessive clothing. cool skin as mentioned above and offer water or fruit juice to rehydrate. ideally oral rehydration solutions and isotonic drinks are best as they also replace the lost body salts and aid recovery. always read the instructions and gain parental consent if treating a child in your care. always obtain medical advice, even if the child recovers quickly.
for babies and children, we should seek medical advice for any burn to their delicate skin, as should anyone where the burn covers a large area. with advice, mild sunburn can most likely be treat at home. move the child indoors or to a shaded area and cool the skin with a cool shower or a cool, wet compress or sponge. never cool the skin with ice. have the child drink plenty of fluids, ice pops and lollies come in handy here! paracetamol and ibuprofen can be taken if safe to do so.
severe sunburn can include blistering, swelling, fever and chills. never burst the blisters, cool as before and cover with cling film. headaches, vomiting and dizziness could also indicate heatstroke, sunstroke or heat exhaustion so a medical assessment will be required. severe sunburn can occasionally need hospital treatment with medications and dressings.
of course the easiest way to treat sunburn is to prevent it. babies under six months should always be kept shaded and out the way of direct sunlight. children should wear suitable clothing, a hat, a sun lotion which includes both uva and uvb protection and ideally play in the shade from 11am to 3pm.
always follow the age limitations and dosage instructions on medicines and seek medical advice as soon as possible.
make sure you have insurance and are aware of in-country medical facilities. water safety is often more important during the summer. babies can drown in 5cm of water. most babies and small children who drown, drown at home in the bath or in the garden. always supervise play in the paddling pool and empty it after use. if you have a pond, consider fencing it off or turning it into a sandpit.
windows are often open during hot summer months so make sure you fit safety locks to windows,or catches to prevent them opening too wide and take care not to place furniture in front of windows so that children don’t have anything to climb on.
5. recommended products
gro egg: this can be plugged in to tell you the room temperature, showing different colours for if it is too hot (red) or too cold (blue).
snooze shade: this can be used for sun protection and to help babies and young children sleep in buggies, car seats and travel cots. it can block 99% of uva and uvb rays and also protects from insects and wind and rain.
swimwear and sun hat: try to buy swimwear with uva and uvb protection and that gives full coverage. a hat with a peak and neck covering can be very effective in hot weather.
paddling pool: having one of these in the garden is a great way of keeping children cool and is fun too. but as mentioned above do not leave children unattended around water of any depth.
Daisy first aid kit: buy a handy first aid kit to carry in your bag and book a first aid class.