Managing minor and major bleeding
As we all know, little ones always have bumps and falls, as much as we try to keep them safe there most likely will be a point when an infant or child will have some form of an accident resulting in a bleed occurring. Below is a video on how to deal with a minor bleed: (after watching the video please scroll down)
MANAGING A MAJOR BLEED:
- If available put on your disposable gloves
- Either hold, sit or lay the infant or child down on a firm stable base to assist in preventing and treating for shock.
- Look into the wound for any embedded foreign objects (glass, gravel etc)
- Apply direct pressure onto the wound to try and stem the bleeding.
- Dress the wound with a sterile dressing and elevate the injured part if possible.
- If blood seeps from the first dressing then apply a second dressing directly over the top of the first one.
- If blood seeps through the second dressing then remove both dressings and start again. This course of action is carried out because there is not a sufficient seal between the dressing an wound. Once the dressing becomes saturated with blood it becomes ineffective.
- Support and elevate the wounded part and be prepared to treat the infant or child for shock.
- Do not allow the infant or child to consume any food or drink.
- Contact the emergency services on 999/112
Due to the small amount of blood in an infant’s or child’s body even a minor bleed can be dangerous and it is always advisable to seek qualified medical advice