First Aid for Choking Children

Toddler with mouth open, about to chew on toy bear.

Young children will put just about anything into their mouth—it’s how they explore. While it’s an important step in developing their sensory motor skills, this habit also poses a choking hazard for the little tykes. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or caregiver for children, knowing basic first aid for a choking child is essential in case of an emergency. Preventing

How to Help Someone Who is Unconscious but Breathing

Man placing woman in the recovery position.

Someone may be unconscious but breathing for several reasons. They may have fainted due to dehydration or low blood sugar, or it could be a result of drug or alcohol use. The loss in consciousness could also be related to a major injury. However, for the purposes of this article, we’ll be focusing on treatment for someone who is unconscious,

Fire Safety for Children

Children holding hands, laughing in front of a fire engine.

October 3rd through 9th is Fire Prevention Week. The theme for 2021 is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” which focuses on the different sounds made by smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, as well as how to react when they go off. For those with children, talking about fire safety is a common struggle. You never want to scare

Dealing with Fall Allergies

While the season may be short, the allergies that arrive with the fall weather can make this time of year feel decades longer. Fall is a busy time for most people, and the last thing you need is seasonal allergies slowing you down or preventing you from enjoying the beautiful weather.   Whatever your strategy, knowing how to avoid and

Treating Sports-Related Head Injuries

Within the world of fall sports, like football, soccer, and basketball, head injuries are unfortunately common. A head injury, also called a minor traumatic brain injury, is a broad term for any injury to your brain, scalp or skull, which may be as minor as a bump on the head or as major as a skull fracture.   The treatment

Building a First Aid Kit for Your Classroom

Woman treating a young boy’s scraped knee.

Whether you’re a new teacher preparing for your very first class or a seasoned vet getting ready for the new year, having a first aid kit in your classroom is essential. It’s no secret kids, especially young kids, are accident-prone, and it’s likely you’ll have to deal with more than one bloody nose or skinned knee throughout the course of

What to Say When Calling 911

A woman calling 911 on her cell phone.

We want to believe we’ll know what to do when an emergency happens, but that’s the unfortunate nature of emergencies: they often strike when people aren’t prepared to deal with them. Most people know what step one should be during an emergency—calling 911—but it’s also important to understand how to talk to dispatchers. With stress and panic involved, it can

How CPR Has Changed Throughout the Years

A group of people learning CPR from an instructor.

There’s a reason you need to get your CPR certification renewed every two years—CPR guidelines and best practices change all the time. As we learn more about the human body and as science advances, the American Heart Associate (AHA) rereviews CPR practices every five years to determine if they’re still the best way to administer life-saving care. Knowing the history

Debunking Heart Disease Myths

A doctor explains potential heart disease to a patient.

Among others, one of the primary reasons bystanders don’t act during a cardiac emergency is a lack of knowledge, and, unfortunately, there’s no shortage of incorrect information about heart disease out there. Knowing all the facts is paramount to getting victims of both cardiac arrest and heart attacks the appropriate care. Myth #1: Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart Attacks Are

Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illnesses

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Summer has only just started, and that means it’s time to get serious about sun safety. With longer days, higher temperatures, and stronger UV rays, it’s prime time for heat-related illnesses to strike. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke all occur when the body is exposed to high temperatures and is unable to cool itself. As the body struggles