Minor Accidents and Injuries
In an immunised person, just wash
the minor injury with soap and water; nothing else needs to be done.
There is no need for tetanus toxoid, mercurochrome ("red" medicine), tincture
iodine, handy plast or band-aid.
Fingers caught in the door
If the skin is broken and the finger
is bleeding profusely, place your thumb and forefinger on either side of
the finger at the joint where the finger starts. This will stop the blood
from flowing to the end of the finger. If the pain and swelling does not
subside within a day, put your child's arm in a sling. Make her move her
elbow around to prevent it from stiffening.
It is very likely that your child
will sprain her hands or ankles while playing. If she has torn a
ligament, there might be some swelling. She may find it painful to move
and will hesitate to put pressure on the joint. Rest is the best medicine
for a sprain. You can also apply a poultice to the affected area. You can
make a poultice wringing out a pad of gauze or linen in a saturated solution
of magnesium sulphate, soda bicarbonate or salt. Then bandage the poultice
to the bruised area. Apply the poultice at intervals of one or two hours,
until your child is comfortable enough to wear a crepe bandage.
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