7 mistakes that parents make with a sick child

Are you scared when your children have a fever, do you see them bleed when they get hurt or have a lot of cough? When children start going to nursery school or school, they are more exposed to illnesses or accidents such as injuries or injuries, due to their incessant activity. Knowing how to act before each of these cases is essential to avoid unnecessary shocks.

7 typical mistakes of parents with a sick child

1. Blow wounds. There is a danger of contamination because the germs in the mouth can pass directly to the wound. Also, these are some of the things we do wrong when we try to heal a wound:

- Use cotton. The strands can be introduced into the wound, adhere or stick to the skin.
- Rub the wound to remove dirt. It can cause peeling and worsen its condition.

2. Put oil on the burns.It is not good for anything. The first thing to do is to cool the wound by placing the burned area under accold water for 10 minutes.

If no blisters have occurred, it is advisable to apply moisturizer, not oil, butter, vaseline or ice. If, on the other hand, blisters have occurred, it is advisable to apply an antibiotic ointment and protect the burn with a dressing for a few days. Never have to prick the blisters to remove the liquid, or leave a thread inside.

3. Blow in the eye to eliminate a foreign body. It is a mistake to try to blow first and remove the object causing the discomfort with a handkerchief when something enters the eye because we can cause erosions in the cornea. Instead, we must wash the eye with plenty of physiological saline or water so that the liquid drags the object until it comes out.

4. Administer antibiotics on their own. Some medications, such as antibiotics, are not effective in the case of a disease caused by a virus, and this repeated practice can cause resistance to antibiotics, that is, they will stop being effective when necessary.

5.   Take an object that has been stuck in the body. It is best to wait for a doctor to assess the condition, since removing the object can worsen the lesions in some cases and in others, cause a hemorrhage, since a stick stuck in one leg, may be containing a hemorrhage and must be extracted in a operating room to see how far it has come.

6. Tilt the head back when the nose bleeds.This can cause blood to flow into the throat, which can cause coughing, and could obstruct breathing. Instead, apply pressure directly by pinching the nose, but maintain a neutral position of our head with the chin parallel to the ground.

7. Alternate medications to lower fever. Many parents tend to alternate medications, usually ibuprofen and paracetamol, to lower the fever of their little ones when they do not get it with just one. This practice is unadvisable because it does not provide benefits and can lead to errors with doses. It is also not advisable to use wet cloths, alcohol rubs and showers or toilets to reduce fever. The important thing is to keep the child without much or little clothing, in a room with a normal temperature.

Marina Berrio

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