Bridget Jones GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY The long awaited third-instalment of Bridget Jones is here – and this time Bridget’s having a baby.
While her most pressing concern is working out who’s the daddy (#definitelydarcy or #totallyjack?), Bridget will soon have plenty more to think about – keeping her baby safe from harm.
But don’t fear Bridget. The British Red Cross has it covered.
Here are our five top first aid tips for new parents – and Bridget.
1. Learn how to help a baby who is choking
Babies explore with their mouths and this means they can be prone to choking. In their early months, this could be on curdled milk. But as they grow and start to move around, more hazards come into play.
If your baby is choking:
- Give up to five back blows. Hold the baby face down along your thigh with their head lower than their bottom. Hit them firmly on their back between the shoulder blades up to five times. If back blows do not dislodge the object, move on to step two.
- Give up to five chest thrusts. Turn the baby over so they are facing upwards and place two fingers in the middle of their chest just below the nipples. Push sharply downwards up to five times.
- Call 999 if the object does not dislodge.
2. Learn how to help a baby having a febrile seizure
Confused Bridget? Two thirds of parents surveyed said they did not know what a febrile seizure was, or how to recognise or treat one.*
Bridget Jones GIF – Find & Share on GIPHYFebrile seizures are quite common and are caused by a fever or high temperature. Most happen in babies and young children as the part of their brain which regulates body temperature is still developing.
Signs to look out for include a red-face, hot to touch, an arched back, stiffened body and clenched fists.
If your baby is having a febrile seizure:
- Protect the baby from injury. Do not restrain them. Use a blanket or clothing to protect their head from injury.
- Help cool them by removing their outer clothes. If the room they are in is hot, ensure there is a flow of fresh air (e.g. open a window)
- When the seizure is over, help the baby to rest on their side with their head tilted slightly back. If the symptoms continue or it is their first seizure, seek medical advice.
3. Learn how to help baby with a burn or scald
As your baby grows and starts to move around more, burns or scalds can be quite common. The little explorers don’t always know what is safe to touch or not – like mugs of hot tea.
If your baby burns or scalds themselves:
- Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes. Cooling the burn will reduce pain, swelling and the risk of scarring. The faster and longer a burn is cooled, the less the impact of the injury.
- After the burn has been cooled, cover it with cling film. This helps prevent infection by keeping the area clean. Cling film provides an ideal covering because it doesn’t stick to the burn and will reduce pain by keeping air from the skin’s surface.
- Call 999 if necessary. The burn may need urgent medical treatment. Always seek medical advice for a baby that has been burned.
4. Remember, you’ve got this
Renee Zellweger GIF – Find & Share on GIPHYIt’s quite normal to become stressed or upset if your baby is involved in a first aid emergency. Just remember, there’s always something you can do to help – even people like Bridget with a history of faux pas.
If you don’t know what to do, staying calm and seeking advice can help your baby. If it’s an emergency situation, once you call 999 the call handler will talk you through what to do while an ambulance is on its way to help.
So remember, you’ve got this.
5. Download our free Baby and Child First Aid app
Keep your little ones safe with our Baby and Child First Aid app – a must-have for new parents. Packed with useful videos, easy to follow advice and a quiz section, the app is absolutely free and easy to download.
Want to learn more baby and child first aid?
*66% of parents (from survey sample of 2000 across the UK) said they had not been taught to recognise or treat febrile seizures. 65% did not know what a febrile seizure is (26% said they had heard the term but didn’t know what it is; 39% had never heard of it).