Emergencies / First Aid

Blisters

As anyone who has ever worn ill-fitting shoes knows, blisters are small but painful irritations that occur when the skin is repeatedly rubbed in the

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Tick Bites

What should I do if my child is bitten by a tick? First, remove the tick. Forget any advice you’ve heard about applying petroleum jelly,

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Hyperventilation

What is hyperventilation? Hyperventilation occurs when people breathe too rapidly. Most people take at least a couple of seconds to breathe in and out. If

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Blow to the Abdomen

Many kinds of accidents can cause blows to the abdomen. Common causes are automobile and bicycle accidents, skiing or tobogganing accidents, and other sports-related injuries.

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Shock

Shock can occur after any kind of trauma: a severe allergic reaction, poisoning, heat stroke, burns, or any other severe stress on the body. But

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Broken Bones

Any bone in the body can break under enough stress. You should be alert for the possibility of broken bones anytime someone suffers a serious

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Burns

The first step in treating a burn properly is to assess the severity and extent of the injury. Burns are divided into four categories: first,

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Broken Bones

What should I do if my child breaks a bone or dislocates a joint? A broken bone or dislocated joint is a serious injury that

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