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Most of children's time is dedicated to fun: games, sports, running, jumping, dancing ... At home, in the yard, in the park, they don't stop! That is why they are also at risk of suffering some type of injury while doing these activities.
One of the most common is sprain (stretching or tearing of the ligament that joins the bones of a joint), being common in the ankle, wrist, elbow and knee. Pay attention because many times we make mistakes when treating a sprain. Here are some basic first aid tips for treating childhood sprains.
It is inevitable: children play, jump, climb ... and sometimes, they get caught up in some kind of downfall. These unpleasant accidents can sometimes be left alone in fright and other times, generate some kind of sprain. First you should know that the basic symptoms of any sprain are:
- Immobilization of the member.
- Intense and immediate pain.
- We can also find heat in the area if we touch it, mainly caused by inflammation and the hematoma.
We have some recommendations for parents to act with knowledge and above all speed, trying to stay calm and that of the child until they get professional help. How should we proceed?
1. We must remember that the doctor is the one who diagnoses the sprain and who indicates the best treatment according to the injury, therefore before any accident, fall or blow, always you have to go to the emergency room so while we go to the hospital we can do the following:
2. Do not move the joint, keep the limb immobilized (ankle, wrist, knee, finger).
3. Apply cold to the affected area for 20 minutes through cryogel or friopack, bag of frozen peas, among others; never directly on the skin, you can use a cloth to cover and then apply it since ice directly on the skin causes burns. This will help us reduce inflammation.
4. Keep calm, if it is a foot or knee sprain, keep it elevated to help control the swelling.
5. Go to the doctor and follow his treatment recommendations.
It is important to take preventive measures to avoid future relapses, Especially in the case that the child has already suffered a sprain before. Here are our recommendations:
- Constantly check children's shoes, that is correct, comfortable, anti-slip. Lace-up shoes lead to accidents.
- Control your child's play area, that it is an environment without risk of falls, making sure that there are no rocks, sticks, holes, etc.
- Supervise children while they play.
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