Baby First Aid:7 Tips Every Parent Needs to Know


Do you have a baby on the way? Freaking out about how you’re going to keep that baby safe? If so, you’re not alone. This is a fear of many new parents.

The good thing is that there’s nothing to worry about. As long as you brush up on baby first aid, you should be able to combat any health-related problem that’s thrown your way.

Looking for some baby first aid tips? Here are 7 that you absolutely need to know.

1. Learn CPR

You never know when a baby might become unconscious. While parents hope for it to never happen, the sad reality is that — for some — it does. For moments such as these, it’s important that you know CPR.

Baby CPR involves giving light chest compressions, inspecting for foreign objects in the baby’s mouth, and administering mouth-to-mouth and mouth-to-nose breathing techniques. What it doesn’t involve is an artificial electrical pulse. In other words, you should never use an AED on infants, even if the baby is experiencing cardiac arrest.

So that you can truly learn the ins and outs of baby CPR, you’re advised to take a formal class. Hospitals, charity organizations, and municipalities will often offer these classes for a small fee.

2. Be Careful With the Eyes

When babies are born, they’re almost entirely unlearned. They don’t quite understand the concepts of pain or discomfort. As such, they get into all kinds of trouble.

Often times, this trouble includes them getting things in their eyes (i.e., soap, dirt, etc.). What you need to know is that, if trapped in the eyes, these foreign objects can have dire effects on your child’s health. For this reason, you need to know how to react to such a problem.

First, don’t touch your child’s eye. Doing so can cause unforeseen damage. Instead, gently pour water over the eye in an attempt to flush out the foreign matter.

If this doesn’t work, you need to call up your pediatrician. Keep your child’s eye covered with some sort of shield while doing so. If the problem turns out to be severe, you might need to make a trip to the hospital.

3. Know How to Deal With Bee Stings/Bug Bites

Everyone incurs bee stings and bug bites. For most of us, these are painful but unremarkable experiences.

For babies, however, bites and stings can be very dangerous. Babies do have weak immune systems, after all. For this reason, you need to know how to handle bee stings and bug bites in a prompt manner.

When it comes to bee stings, first focus on removing the stinger. Once this is done, ice the affected area. If a rash presents itself or if the baby appears to have breathing problems, get the baby to a hospital as soon as possible.

As far as bug bites go, you just need to keep them monitored. If they result in rash or swelling, you should call your pediatrician. He or she will then advise you on what needs to be done next.

4. Watch Out for Fever

When it comes to babies, fever is exceedingly dangerous. What is just a minor fever to an adult would be a major fever to a baby. This leaves a lot less margin for error as far as monitoring goes.

Generally, if a baby is under 3 months of age but with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, his or her parents are advised to call a pediatrician. The pediatrician will assess the problem and determine what needs to be done from there.

Note, however, that if the fever isn’t exceeding 102 degrees Fahrenheit, parents are usually just advised to try to bring it down by applying ice packs and keeping clothing to a minimum.

5. Keep Antibiotic Ointment Handy

When your baby is born, you’re going to try to do everything you can to keep his or her skin blemish-free. Trust us: this won’t last long. Your baby will incur cuts and scrapes, whether through falls, the clutches of his or her fingernails, or the never-resting forces of nature.

The most you can do is treat those cuts and scrapes after they’ve been incurred. Curious as to how you do this? Antibiotic ointment is the answer.

Wash out the scrape or cut, apply the ointment, cover the affected area with a bandaid, and wait for it to heal. That is, unless, the scrape or cut is severe. If it is, bring your child to a doctor.

6. Splint Sprains and Breaks

Babies don’t break their legs or sprain their muscles all that often, but it does happen from time to time. On the off-chance that it happens to your child, you need to know how to handle the situation.

First, take a towel and wrap it around the affected extremity. Then, use a piece of cardboard to splint it. Do not, under any circumstances, straighten out the affected extremity.

Once it’s wrapped, you can apply ice and call your pediatrician. That is unless there’s bone sticking out. If there is, you shouldn’t hesitate to drive straight to the emergency room.

7. Be Prepared for Burns

Like bug bites, scrapes, and cuts, burns are bound to happen to your baby. The only thing you can do as a parent is to minimize their severity after the fact.

How do you do this, you ask? It starts with cold water. Run the burnt appendage under the faucet, allowing the cool water to encompass the burn in its entirety.

Then, cover the burnt area and seek medical attention. If the burn is severe, the emergency room is the best place to go. If the burn is mild, your pediatrician or an urgent care facility should be able to handle it.

Looking for More Advice on Baby First Aid?

As far as baby first aid goes, the above-reviewed tips are just the tip of the iceberg. The truth is, there’s a great deal involved in keeping a baby safe. And as a dad, you need to know how to put it all into action.

Looking for more baby health advice? Then you’re in the right place. Check out our other articles now!

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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