Small children are prone to sustaining injuries when they are first learning how to walk. In most cases, someone is available at all times to watch the child and help guide them when going through the learning process. Sometimes, however, an injury can occur very quickly, leading caretakers to need to act fast. Here are some of the most common injuries that can occur in toddlers and how to take care of them.
Scrapes and Cuts
When toddlers are learning how to walk, they may accidentally scrape their skin if they lose control of their footing while next to a piece of furniture or similar object. If the skin appears to be unbroken, putting a cool compress on the area can help relieve any swelling that can occur. If the skin is broken and bleeding, you will want to stop the flow before applying an antibacterial ointment.
Rinse the area with clean water to remove any bacteria from within the cut. To stop the bleeding, apply pressure to the area using a clean towel or piece of gauze. Apply a thin layer of antibacterial ointment or rinse with hydrogen peroxide to remove bacteria. Cover with a bandage to keep the cut from bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop after these steps, bring the child to an immediate care center to receive further help. The cut may be deep where it will need stitches.
Bruises and Bumps
Toddlers will fall many times when learning how to walk. Usually someone will be there to break their fall, but as they get a bit more bold, it gets harder to be behind the child every second while they are learning. If the child has an especially hard fall, there may be skin that becomes bruised in the process. To relieve the pain from a hard hit, put a cool compress on the area right after the fall occurs. This might help keep the bruising from escalating from inflammation. Bruises will go through several color changes as they heal.
If the toddler hits their head, you will need to keep a watchful eye on the child to make sure they are not suffering from a concussion as a result of the impact. If the child seems lethargic and not alert, bring them to an immediate care center right away to be evaluated. Concussions are hard to pinpoint without a thorough evaluation, so it is better to check with an immediate care professional if you are in doubt.