Identify Circumstances When Children or Young People May Need Urgent Medical Attention

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Identify circumstances when children or young people may need urgent medical attention

Some children may be too young or may not be physically able to tell you when they need medical attention due to a disability. Often children and young people can become seriously ill very suddenly which means that as a member of staff you should be alert to any changes in their behaviour which could indicate pain or nausea. When a child becomes sick or lets you know that they feel unwell, you will need to sufficiently look after them until their parent or a carer arrives to collect them. In life threatening situations the emergency services should always be contacted straight away. An example of this would be if a child had any of the following signs of acute illness. 1.An open wound that won’t stop bleeding or where the blood is pumping out. 2.Burns or scalds to the child’s skin

3.Meningitis symptoms such as a stiff neck, fever, headache and a rash that doesn’t fade when pressed by a glass. 4.Confusion, headache, vomiting or blurred vision after a head injury. 5.Being floppy, unresponsive or unconscious.

6.Difficulty breathing and blueness around the lips.
7.Having a high fever, heat exhaustion or severe sunburn.

Some children may be too young or may not be physically able to tell you when they need medical attention due to a disability. Often children and young people can become seriously ill very suddenly which means that as a member of staff you should be alert to any changes in their behaviour which could indicate pain or nausea. When a child becomes sick or lets you know that they feel unwell, you will need to sufficiently look after them until their parent or a carer arrives to collect them. In life threatening situations the emergency services should always be contacted straight away. An example of this would be if a child had any of the following signs of acute illness. 1.An open wound that won’t stop bleeding or where the blood is pumping out. 2....
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