Toys are just for kids? Nope. Think again. Especially around Christmas time. Adults just can’t help themselves. There’s a new scooter, a new bike, a Wii?
According to the Ambulance Service of NSW some parents take playing with their kids’ toys – or “showing their kids how to use them” very seriously – and land themselves in the Emergency Department.
It’s called the “Big Kid” syndrome. Trauma admissions rise around Christmas because adults consume alcohol and play toys that, well, weren’t made for adults.
With that in mind, let’s touch up on some need-to-know first aid tips:
So you’re the first to arrive at an accident. You see someone chocking or someone faint. Would you know what to do?
Chances are you’d revert to any basic first-aid knowledge you know. But would that knowledge be right?
We’ve put together a list of the five most common first aid myths so if you do find yourself in a such a situation – you’ll be able to lend a hand.
NOTE: Mamamia posts do not purport to provide medical analysis or consultation. If you have any concerns or queries please consult your doctor or if you find yourself in the company of a person who needs medical attention, call an ambulance!
The Myth: Place the patient’s head between their knees.
The reality: Fainting is the body’s way of telling you to lie down naturally. So if someone faints, allow them to lie down. Don’t sit the person up because they can become unconscious and if their head tilts forward they can stop breathing. St John recommends that you lay the person down on their side if they’re unconscious and then when they’re conscious turn them onto their back and raise and support their legs.
The Myth: Slather on butter or toothpaste or aloe vera gel.
The reality – The best first aid for burns is water and plenty of it. Do not use butter, lotions, creams or oils on a burn and don’t remove anything that is sticking to the burn. To avoid scarring and long healing times, St John recommends placing the burn part under cold running water until it returns to normal temperature, usually about 20 minutes. An acceptable improvisation on a non-stick dressing is to use cling wrap over the wound.