This should know if your child is in distress

Gepubliceerd op 27 oktober 2016 om 11:29

After an accident, many parents become unnecessary panic. And yet remain calm is vital, says first aid instructor Sienette Court. These three tips are important after an accident.


Many more parents are choosing to take a first aid course. This is sometimes very useful, as Daphne van Buyten could therefore help the child better . "Thanks to the course I knew what I had to do." But even if you followed a course, you can avoid a lot of trouble with these tips:

1. Composure

The most important advice of the Court Sienette has ancestors: Stay calm. "The fear you have as adults, skips to the child." For example, a child may become upset as an adult self reacts emotionally after an accident. "Then it's difficult to figure out what exactly is going on and if children cry because they are injured, whether it is because of the scare."

2. ABC

A useful tip to not only keep quiet, but also to make sure you do it right, the mnemonic ABC.This is a list that you can expire after an accident.

In addition, the A for breathing. Always make sure the child can breathe. If the child eg chokes, it may come in the absence of breathing in mortal danger. "If the child does not breathe, you do know the Heimlich maneuver not even necessarily. Trade instinctively and turn on the back for example, or give abdominal thrusts," advises the instructor.

It is also important to check whether the child is still conscious (B). "I always tell my students: the child reacts to shake, then that is good news but if it does not make sense, it is really bad deal, then it's unconscious..."

Finally, it is good to check in an accident much blood loses a child, or the circulation (C)."In severe bleeding you should act immediately. That can very simply by pushing it close."

3. When in doubt, dial 112

Accidents do happen and anyone can get into a life-threatening situation. It's just very difficult to estimate when the situation is so severe that it is life or death. "People are often too afraid to call 112. But if you doubt even briefly, you should do it right away," said the first aid instructor.

The official guidelines of the Orange Cross say clearly: call 112. When in doubt, "the emergency center you can always refer to the GP." It is wise then to activate the speakerphone function on your mobile. "You keep your hands free to follow instructions."

By Editors RTL News: Photo: Reuters

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