One of the toughest experiences of being a parent is seeing your child getting injured! Even a simple pin prick can send parents into a tizzy. It becomes essential at such times that the parents maintain a calm mind and deal with the situation. Your child’s already traumatised (especially if there’s blood involved). The last thing he needs is a clueless parent. Worry not! For as always, help is at hand.
To start off with, stay strong! Yes, it’s your child that is hurt. But, you have to be strong because children often mirror their parents’ reaction. Make them comfortable, first and foremost. Sit them down or help them lie down on the bed. If it’s a deep wound that needs professional intervention, always call your nearest hospital’s emergency hotline number or the national ambulance emergency hotline (102)
Try and have a calming influence on your child. Ask them how they hurt themselves. The thought of making the child relive the pain might sound awful, but, it helps them in the long run. Children, when growing up, will make mistakes and they learn from these experiences. Parents shouldn’t try to mask the fear by saying, ‘Hey, nothing happened, you’re ok’. You should never negate the child’s feelings. It might give the child momentary sympathy, but doesn’t help him get over the fear completely. Having children narrate their accidents to other people also helps them get over it, over time.
Also, keep a first aid kit handy in your home. Make sure the kit is always stocked with the essentials: plasters, sterile gauzes, bandages, safety pins, tweezers, scissors, cleaning wipes, thermometer, antiseptic cream, painkillers, cold and cough medicines, and distilled water for cleaning wounds.
So, always remember – don’t panic! That’s the first rule. Don’t dismiss your child’s feelings of pain. Talk them through it, and most importantly help them get back to normal routine. Don’t change meal and sleep times. Don’t be overtly caring by doing their regular chores for them. Getting them back to the normal routine is a very big aspect of helping them get over the trauma.