Emergencies / First Aid

Shock

Shock can occur after any kind of trauma: a severe allergic reaction, poisoning, heat stroke, burns, or any other severe stress on the body. But

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Broken Bones

What should I do if my child breaks a bone or dislocates a joint? A broken bone or dislocated joint is a serious injury that

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Removing a Splinter

Getting a splinter is a common occurrence, but removing one is easy. It’s important to do so right away, however, since splinters left in the

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Infections

Germs have gotten a bad rap. Some of them are actually good for us, like the ones in our intestines that help us break down

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Blisters

As anyone who has ever worn ill-fitting shoes knows, blisters are small but painful irritations that occur when the skin is repeatedly rubbed in the

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First Aid for Pain

There’s more to first aid than covering up wounds or stopping bleeding. When treating an injury, relieving pain should also be a top priority. Prompt

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Removing a Fishhook

If you enjoy going fishing, it’s important to be prepared in case you accidentally get a fishhook caught in your skin. Caution There are two

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Head Injuries

The bones of the skull are designed to withstand some hard knocks. Most of the time, a blow to the head causes nothing more serious

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Hives

What are hives? Hives are red, itchy welts or swellings on the skin that often come in clusters. They sometimes have a light red or

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Hyperventilation

What is hyperventilation? Hyperventilation occurs when people breathe too rapidly. Most people take at least a couple of seconds to breathe in and out. If

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Often called “the silent killer,” carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can be fatal when inhaled. Smoke from fires, backdrafts from blocked

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Tick Bites

What should I do if my child is bitten by a tick? First, remove the tick. Forget any advice you’ve heard about applying petroleum jelly,

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Blood in the Eye

It’s an injury that can come from anywhere: a baseball in the eye, an elbow from another athlete, or a sucker punch to the face.

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