The Internet and Children: The Warning Signs

The risks that being online might pose to children have been covered in our previous articles, but what if they’re already at risk? How can you tell if your child has become involved, intentionally or unintentionally, in something sinister on the internet? Maybe they feel it’s their fault, or they’re …

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First Aid: Recovery Position

The recovery position should be used if you find a casualty who is unconscious but breathing normally. Recovery Position for a Baby In this instance, a baby is somebody less than 12 months old. When placing a baby in the recovery position, different steps must be taken to that of …

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What to do: Emergency and Advice Numbers

When you need advice on a specific area such as meningitis, asthma, cot death, eating disorders or perhaps allergies, there is a large number of resources, many with websites, available to help you. We have put together this page containing many of our favourites, as is the case with our …

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What to do: Emergency Planning with Children

Many parents will have briefed their children on how and when to dial 999 by the age of 4 or 5, but there are further steps we can take to keep the family safe and calm in a crisis. From essentials like what to do in the case of fire, …

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What to do: Fire Escape Plan

Our article on smoke alarms and fire safety offers useful advice on fire prevention and fire detection in the home – but do your children know just what to do if there is a fire? Every year there are more than 40,000 accidental house fires in England resulting in about …

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Your Child’s Personal Safety

It’s easy to overreact when you think of that dangerous world out there, but all children need to learn to become confident and independent young people. Maintaining good relationships, based on trust, will help you to give your children the freedom they need, but you have to agree some basic …

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First Aid: Burns and Scalds

Prompt treatment of burns and scalds may help to limit damage and alleviate pain. Treatment is outlined below: Severe Burns Start cooling the burn immediately under running water for at least 10 minutes. Dial 999 for an ambulance. Make the casualty as comfortable as possible, lie them down. Continue to …

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First Aid: Bleeding

Children are accident prone so the sight of blood can be commonplace for most parents. Therefore, it’s important to know what First Aid treatment to apply to bleeds, from minor cuts to severe bleeding, and what to do if an object is embedded in a wound: Treating Minor Cuts, Scratches …

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First Aid: Fractures

It is often difficult to tell if a bone is fractured, but classic signs may be pain, swelling, abnormality or deformity. The general rule is if you think it’s a fracture, treat it as a fracture. Make sure the person is comfortable, and ensure they remain as still as possible. …

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Games Console – How Much Time is Safe?

There has been a great debate recently about how much time is safe for children to spend at game consoles and playing video games. However, like many other aspects of child rearing, there is no hard and fast rule that works for every family. Your child will experience the many …

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