Chapter 14, First Aid in Emergencies

THIS FIRST AID INFORMATION IS TO BE USED AS A GUIDE ONLY.

Follow the advice of emergency medical personnel or a health care provider.

First aid and CPR certification is a valuable asset for work in the child care field.

Preparation is KEY – staff members should be trained at the time of hire and annually thereafter. Regular drills to practice emergency response should be scheduled.

When a child becomes ill or injured at child care, it may be necessary to obtain emergency medical care. Contact the parents immediately. It is critical that families provide updates to the child care facility whenever there are changes in emergency contact information.

The following are examples of symptoms that could mean that a child needs immediate medical attention.

  • Serious injury.
  • Breathing that is difficult or fast.
  • Child sucks in ribs and doesn’t seem to get enough air.
    • Severe cough or wheezing
    • Child appears blue around lips or fingernails
  • Child who is extremely irritable, is crying uncontrollably or is very lethargic.
  • Fever in a young infant (less than 4 months of age).
  • Child is confused.
  • Seizures or convulsions.
  • Severe pain.
  • Severe bleeding.

DIAL 911 FOR EMERGENCY HELP.

Post emergency numbers by the telephone along with the address and telephone number of the child care site, as these can be easily forgotten in an emergency.

When calling for emergency help, be prepared to give the operator the following information:

  • Your name, address and telephone number.
  • Describe the situation or child’s condition.
  • Child’s name, age, any pertinent medical history and parent’s name

 

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