If you’re the parent of a growing child, you know how active they can be. It’s important to support them in their interests and hobbies. However, as a parent, it’s only natural to worry about injuries or harm they may suffer in the course of enjoying their active lifestyle. This article will explore six ways in which you can ensure that your child has a happy, active life, while also preparing you to deal with those injuries that are bound to occur.
Tip #1: Enforce Helmet Safety
Learning to ride a bike is an exciting achievement for any child. While you may feel anxious about their safety during this activity, one thing that you can do to ensure their happiness and safety when they ride off to play with friends is to ensure they know to wear a helmet. Set a strict rule about wearing their helmet. If they don’t wear it, they may lose a privilege for a set period of time.
Tip #2: Be a Role Model
Children learn first by mimicking you. One way you can ensure your child’s safety during activities is by practicing a safe and healthy lifestyle yourself. If your family is active and participates in sports, encourage good stretching practices and teach the concept of pacing yourself to your children. When at the dinner table, choose healthy foods over junky foods, and instill good snacking choice by providing fruits and vegetables for your kids. Wear a helmet during family bike rides. Ensure a healthy lifestyle by practicing healthy habits in your home.
Tip #3: Know First Aid
Having a first aid kit is one step to coping with the inevitable scrapes and bruises your child will incur during their daily activities. However, knowing first aid goes beyond that. Being well versed in CPR and triage techniques for the more serious instances when your child requires legitimate medical care can save you a great deal of worry and possible damage to your child.
Tip #4: Be Prepared
When lacerations, bruises, puncture wounds occur, be prepared to provide first aid, but don’t forget that your child’s doctor is there to help. If the wound occurs on the face, is longer than ½ an inch, bleeds heavily and does not clot after ten minutes of pressure, or involves rusty or dirty objects, do not hesitate to call your child’s doctor or local emergency care for immediate assistance. If you have the right gear in hand it always helps, so make a small budget to buy things like knee and elbow braces, cold compresses, etc – because you will need them!
Tip #5: Knowledge About Strains
Soft tissue injuries are common mishaps during childhood. Understanding how to treat sprains and twisted ankles at home can save you a great deal of worry. However, it’s also important that you understand when an injury cannot be treated at home. Torn or strained ligaments and tendons often occur in the ankle, knee, shoulder, and wrist. These are painful injuries that will not respond to icing and elevation in the same way that minor sprains do.
Tip #6: Treating Bites and Stings
This is a part of basic first aid. Treating bites or stings at home can save you a great deal of time and worry, but it’s also important to know when the injury requires professional attention. If it is an animal or human bite, seek attention after cleaning the wound thoroughly. If it is an insect bite, monitor the swelling carefully before deciding whether it requires attention.
Being a parent can be the most exciting experience of your life, filled with many joys and wonderful moments. While it is also sometimes a cause for anxiety, your child’s active lifestyle is the greatest gift you can give. Being prepared to deal with any contingency will ensure that everyone remains happy and healthy. If you arm yourself with knowledge, the bumps and bruises of childhood can be positive learning experiences, and more painful injuries can be dealt with swiftly with a minimum of difficult.