Accident Prone: The Most Common Type of Kid Injuries and What to Do Next

As a parent, you’re not just a parent… you actually hold many, many titles. Besides being mom or dad, did you know that you’re also a chef, stylist, bank, doctor, and an overall personal assistant to your child! It can be a daunting task at times, but you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Along with being a parent, you also have to deal with the unexpected, and by unexpected, I mean injuries. You know that your child will get injured… all kids do, but you still try to do everything in your power to prevent any type of hurt, harm, or danger from coming their way. Trying to do that is pretty unrealistic, but a realistic approach would be to at least know what to do when these accidents happen.

Part of being a first-time parent is trial and error and just learning along the way. Once you have your second child, you’ve kind of become an expert. They say your children are similar to making homemade pancakes… the first one is always bad!

That’s not really a good comparison, but the overall principle to that comparison is that you have to figure things out with the first one, and you will probably do things wrong, but once you have the second one, things are a little better because you’ve already made all the mistakes with the first one!

First child or not, if you know common injuries among children, then you can get ahead of the game by researching what to do in those situations. Get a head start on things by checking out these common kid injuries and the next steps you need to take to treat them.

Chipped Teeth

Kids tend to experience this type of injury as a result of biting onto something hard like candy, or a blunt force to the face. This is also another injury quite common among child athletes, mainly baseball and softball. If this type of injury happens to your child, then you need to call their dentist immediately, and if their dentist isn’t available, then the emergency room is definitely next in line.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions can come from anything, and you not have any idea where it came from. Some signs of an allergic reaction include:

●      Hives

●      Swelling of the face

●      Difficulty Breathing

A great way to remedy that is to keep Benadryl on you at all times, just in case. Also, it’s helpful to have an EpiPen at all times if prescribed. Now, depending on the severity of the reaction, you will want to first, either call 911 or go straight to the emergency room, and then give them a Benadryl or EpiPen to keep the reaction at bay until emergency services can treat your child.

Broken Bones

Broken bones are very common in kids, especially in kid athletes. Whether they’re playing basketball or football, or are involved in cheerleading and gymnastics, the strenuous physical activity that their bodies endure make them more susceptible to a broken bone, and another possible trip to the emergency room.

 

Now, kid athletes aren’t the only kids who get broken bones either. A broken bone can come from a bicycle accident or even slipping and falling in a store. Now a slip and fall in a store can be very tricky. If there was a slick spot on the floor of the store and there was no wet floor sign posted, and your child suffers an injury, then you would have to go beyond medical attention.

 

With a broken bone resulting from that, medical attention will need to be sought after immediately. You will also want to take legal action to make sure the needs of you and your child are met.

Poisoning

When kids are really small, they have this habit of putting any and everything in their mouth, and if you take your eyes off of them for a second, they can get very sick. Putting things in their mouth include practically anything, especially household cleaning items. If your child is vomiting, having a hard time breathing, or just acting out of their “norm,” then you need to call Poison Control immediately for help because they’ve more than likely ingested something toxic.

 

Kids also experience food poisoning as well. It’s always nice to go out and eat sometimes, but it’s always best to make your child’s own food at home. There are several benefits to it, but most importantly, you know what’s in it, so there will be no guessing or trying to figure out what made your child sick.

Cuts and Scrapes

Your child experiencing cuts and scrapes is probably the most common of all injuries and the easiest to treat. You simply want to rinse the affected area with soap and water, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandage. These types of injuries are commonly called “boo-boos,” and this treatment with a simple kiss usually makes things all better.