Children at the park: what to do in case of a fall?

In spring or summer it is more common for children to fall or slip while playing outdoors. Here’s what to do.

With the summer, children begin to leave the house more often and attend the parks. And it often happens that they can slip or stumble. Here are some tips for all types of falls.

Arnicabromelain and escin for the “barrels”

If the child has a small accident, he normally reports a sharp pain that passes after a few minutes and maybe a few hours later a small bruise or swelling appears.

Nothing serious: in that case it is sufficient to immediately apply ice on the painful part and, once back home, spread a cream or gel based on arnica which, thanks to its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory action, relieves pain, as well as favoring the reabsorption of edema and hematomas.

There are also two other substances that are particularly useful in case of trauma: bromelain and escin. The first is extracted from pineapple and is useful for degrading the transfer of subcutaneous blood, while the second reduces edema, ie the swelling of the blow, favoring the reabsorption of liquids.

You can, indeed it would be better, apply all three remedies together in the morning and evening for a few days.

If the fall is “head”

If the child hits his head, it is necessary to immediately check from what height he fell and on “what” he landed (for example grass or concrete), in order to assess the extent of the trauma and decide whether or not to go to a doctor.

If the trauma seems mild, but within 24 hours other symptoms appear such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or even severe drowsiness or fainting, it is advisable to go as soon as possible to the nearest emergency room to avoid the danger of a head injury.

In case of fracture

If the child falls from a high slide or violently hits a part of the body, it is possible that he complains of pain that does not go away after a few minutes and continues throughout the day and maybe even the next day. In this case it is likely that during the fall you caused a fracture, for example to one of the bones of the arms or legs. It is therefore advisable to go to the nearest emergency room to undergo an X-ray and evaluate the need for a rigid bandage or cast to facilitate the welding of the bone.

If blood comes out

If the child has cut himself superficially after the fall, it is sufficient to dress the wound with gauze and a special disinfectant. But in the case of a deep cut or in more delicate areas of the body, such as around the eyes, it is advisable to visit the doctor or the emergency room to assess whether stitches or the application of small patches are necessary to promote the healing process.

But be careful, because not always the amount of blood that comes out is an indication of the severity of the wound. In fact, there are areas of the body particularly supplied by blood vessels: it will therefore be possible that a lot of blood comes out even in the case of very small or superficial cuts.

Regardless of the type of fall and the injury or trauma suffered by the child, it is always good that the parents or adults present keep calm as much as possible. If the child perceives a state of agitation, he will be alarmed more than he should and will hardly be able to cooperate or make people understand where and “how much” he has hurt himself.

Joycelyn Elders is the author and creator of EmpowerEssence, a health and wellness blog. Elders is a respected public health advocate and pediatrician dedicated to promoting general health and well-being.

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