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Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for babies and children:
bleeding heavily

Watch the video, in which a child is treated for heavy bleeding, and remind yourself of the key steps below.

 

If there is blood flowing from a wound and it is too big for a plaster to cover, then your baby or child is bleeding heavily.

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Put pressure on the wound with whatever is available to stop or slow down the flow of blood.

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You are acting as a 'plug' to stop the blood escaping. The pressure you apply to a wound that is bleeding heavily will stop or slow the flow of blood. This will help the blood to clot and stop the bleeding.

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2

Call 999.

3

Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.

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Significant loss of blood can lead to a potentially serious condition called shock.

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