First aid for toddlers and babies - techniques every parent should know

Dad doing first aid on child

We'd all like to wrap our children up in cotton wool but unfortunately that's just not possible. The odd bump and scrape is inevitable, and while the majority of these can be fixed with a good old dose of hugs, some of the more serious incidents need more specific treatment.

It's all too easy to bury our heads in the sand and cross our fingers it will never happen to us, but you'll be reassured to know that just a little first aid know-how goes a long way to remedy a host of childhood emergencies. There's no need to shy away from the subject as learning just a few skills can instil confidence and give you the knowledge to be able to act in an emergency.

See step-by-step instructions and videos for how to act if a baby or child is in one of these emergency situations:

Safety is top priority for all parents, and there are a few steps you can take to keep your toddler out of harm's way. Ensure your cleaning products and detergents are always closed, locked away, and placed high up out of reach from your child. Watch the video from Fairy Non-bio below to find out more about keeping your little ones out of harm's way.

Disclaimer: All the advice here is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Mumsnet is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content on Mumsnet. Always consult your own GP if you are in any way concerned about your health.

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