First aid first: how to help your child before going to A&E
British Red Cross research has found that fevers are one of the main reasons parents take their children to A&E.
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Every parent has been there. Your child has a raging fever and is feeling unwell. It may be serious, it may not be – but you just can’t be sure. So maybe you head straight to A&E.
The research also found that over 40 per cent of parents brought their children to A&E because they were worried and didn’t know what to do. And that’s where the British Red Cross can help.
A British Red Cross First aid for baby and child course would also give you peace of mind.
Trying some #FirstAidFirst when a baby or child is ill or injured could help you find out what’s wrong, relieve symptoms and know whether or not they need to go to hospital.
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Here’s how to help if your baby or child has a fever:
- The first thing to do is check the child’s temperature with a thermometer. If it is above 37°C, your child has a fever. They may have flushed skin and be sweating.
- Reduce their temperature: remove excess clothing and give the baby or child a drink, such as water, diluted juice or their normal milk.
- You can also give the recommended dose of paracetamol syrup.
- If a child has a temperature above 39° – or above 38° for a baby less than six months old – seek medical advice.
A&E is always there if there is an emergency
Your GP, pharmacist, walk-in centre or NHS 111 can also help when your child is hurt or ill.
But you can do a lot as well.
Try #FirstAidFirst before taking your child to A&E. It can help you find out what’s wrong so you’ll know what to do.
So give yourself some peace of mind – try first aid first.
- Learn more about first aid first
- Find out more about baby and child first aid
- Book a baby and child first aid course