It’s never too early for kids to learn what to do during emergencies. Even at a young age, many young children like to “play doctor” with stuffed animals often serving as their patients. Why not take this a step further by teaching children about important medical concepts that could potentially even save someone’s life? Here are two key medical concepts that would be useful for every child to know. (h/t to TheSurvivalMom.com)
Emergencies can happen even when there are no capable adults around. In case this happens, small children should be able to identify the five danger signals that can define a medical emergency. A person displaying even just one of these signs could be a cause for alarm, especially if that person has a history of health problems. To identify and analyze these danger signals, children should be able to properly ask and answer a series of questions.
If a child can identify any of these signals, then they should call for help immediately. They should either inform a responsible adult, or if one is not around, they should learn how to call 911 on their own.
Even if a child successfully calls 911 and is able to properly communicate the situation, they might still have to wait for emergency services to arrive. In that precious amount of time, the injured person might still require immediate first aid to keep them stable. Children as young as four years old can already learn basic first aid skills such as applying pressure to a bleeding wound, draping a blanket over a person in shock, and gently rolling an injured person into the recovery position. As they age, they can learn more advanced first aid techniques, such as the Heimlich maneuver and CPR. (Related: First aid basics to teach your kids.)
Children should also learn how to identify and deal with family-specific medical issues, such as diabetes or severe allergic reactions. They should be able to recognize the symptoms of these health issues as soon as they appear, and be prepared to help in administering the proper treatment as necessary.