First Aid & Safety for Teens
The best way you can keep your teen safe is by arming him with the knowledge he needs to stay safe and healthy. As your teen becomes more independent and takes more risks, he will need the information required to protect himself and stay safe.
No one wants to find themselves in an emergency situation, but it does happen. Being prepared for these situations can be the difference between calmly administering first aid and panic. Having a well-stocked first-aid kit and knowledge about what to do in certain situations can help you save your teen’s life and treat his injuries. First aid & safety is an essential part of any parent’s toolkit, and it should be a part of your teen’s toolkit as well!
Cuts and scrapes
Most cuts and scrapes can be treated at home by cleaning the wound and using an antibiotic ointment before covering the cut or scrape. For larger gashes however, you should seek medical attention to remove any debris or get any necessary stitches.
If your teen has a burn, make sure you take note of the type of burn (fire, chemical, electrical, etc.). For superficial burns, you can likely treat the burn at home by running cold water over the burn and then applying aloe to the area. However, if your teen has a more serious burn, you should seek emergency medical attention.
If your teen has a broken bone, go to the emergency room or urgent care right away. Broken bones can be incredibly painful, and if your teen can’t stand even a light touch to the area, then it may be a broken bone.
Bug bites and stings
Most bug bites can be treated with soap and water and some hydrocortisone cream. However, there are some bites and stings that can cause serious, life-threatening reactions. If your teen has a serious reaction to a bug or insect bite, seek emergency medical attention. Signs to look for are inflammation, difficulty breathing, hives, and pain.
If possible, you or your teen should take note of the type of insect that is responsible for the bite; Dr. Moemeka may need this information to properly respond to your child’s reaction.
Having a fever is a sign that your teen’s body is fighting off some kind infection. If you know the cause, like the common cold, and your teen has a low-grade fever, monitoring his progress is likely enough. However, as soon as your teen’s fever nears 102 or is accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, a rash, abdominal pain, headache, or he just looks ill, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Teens are more adventurous and, especially if he is playing sports, is at-risk for head injuries. If your teen has experienced a head injury, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
A knocked out tooth can be painful. If your teen has knocked out a tooth, gently clean the tooth in warm water, have your child rinse his mouth with a warm salt water solution, and keep the tooth in a glass of milk until you can get to your dentist’s office.
If your teen has a seizure, seek medical attention as soon as possible. While this condition is manageable, if he has never had one before, you should seek medical attention to determine the cause.
Talk to Dr. Moemeka about any emergency situations you have encountered during your next visit to make sure that she can follow up appropriately and develop a long-term care plan. Schedule your next appointment by calling our office today at (972) 325-2005 or requesting an appointment online.