It’s impossible to predict when a household emergency will occur,
which is why parents should be prepared for them to happen at any time.
In case children require more than minor first aid at home, the
children’s emergency care team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital is always available to assist
families in Las Vegas.
Talk about Emergency Services
Most children can learn to dial 911 at about the age of four. However,
they must first be taught exactly what qualifies as an emergency. It’s
also a good idea to talk to children about not trying to hide from emergency
responders. In addition to teaching children about 911 services, parents
should post lists of important numbers in a prominent place. These include
numbers for the poison control center, pediatrician, and children’s
hospital, as well as emergency contact information for all family members.
Prioritize Fire Safety
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are basic essentials for every household,
but not every family remembers to check the batteries every month and
to change the batteries every six months. Additionally, it’s wise
to have a fire safety plan. Talk with your kids about what they should
do if something in the house ignites.
Build a First Aid Kit
A first aid kit can help families
handle a range of minor medical problems, from bee stings to cuts. Every first aid kit should include sterile bandages,
a thermometer, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic cream, hydrocortisone cream,
and an instant cold compress.
Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Training in CPR is highly recommended. CPR involves administering a combination
of rapid chest compressions and rescue breaths. CPR can save the life
of a person who is no longer breathing or displaying a pulse. Expectant
parents can learn how to safely perform CPR on young children and older
children by taking a CPR course.
Consider Special Needs
If your child has special needs, your emergency preparedness plan may include
additional measures, such as preventing or responding to wandering. For
instance, you could talk to your neighbors about your child’s tendency
to wander and how they should respond if they see your child by him or herself.
When your child requires emergency care in the Las Vegas area, you can turn to
Sunrise Children’s Hospital. We are a full-service children’s hospital that provides sensitive
care for everything from minor injuries to life-threatening internal trauma.
If your child requires emergency care, please call 911 now; otherwise,
you can contact a registered nurse at our children’s hospital by
calling (702) 233-5437.