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Basic first aid: Cuts and bleeding

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Cuts and bleeding

1. If your child's cut themselves badly, wash and dry your hands and, if you can, put on disposable gloves.

2. Lift the wound up so that the blood goes back to the heart, rather than draining away.

3. See if there's an object stuck in the wound. If there is leave it there as you could do more damage by taking it out.

Instead, use dressings around the wound until the padding is higher than the object, then bandage over it, without pressing down.

Then seek immediate help from your hospital.

4. If there's nothing stuck inside, use a clean cloth to put pressure on the wound and wrap with a bandage, firmly but not so tight that it stops circulation. If it's a deep cut or there's a lot of blood, dial 999.



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Sources and advice:
St John Ambulance
BBC Health

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Claire Carr

this is a good website i really do like it

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is that for all age's??

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