Keep the kids safe

Christmas, of course is the season of party nights, and is often the time when youngsters are first
exposed to the pleasures and perils of alcohol. A couple of tips for parents:
1) Make sure your kids know how to put their mates in the recovery position – whether they
are ill, injured or just plain drunk, it really is a lifesaver. When they’re standing at the door
ready to go probably isn’t a good time to do this.
2) Protect them from the elements. Try to get them to dress warmly (good luck with that, by
the way), and make sure they have a safe way of getting home. Ideally collect them
yourself, or arrange another parental taxi. Try to get them to stay together. I remember a
girl losing patience waiting for a taxi, and heading off across fields to make her own way
home. If only her friends had made her wait, she wouldn’t have been found two days later,
in the same field.

One too many

There can’t be many teenagers who, at some stage in their lives, often at Christmas, haven’t fallen into company, had one (or, more likely, many) too many, and come home horribly drunk. No, it isn’t good for them, and yes, they should have known better, but let’s deal with the short-term effects first.
Try to counter the effects of de-hydration by getting them to drink some water. It may not stay down long, but little and often, if possible, will help. If they fall asleep, make sure they are in, the recovery position – on their side, with one leg bent up in front of them (to stop them rolling onto their back or front) and with their face sloping downwards (for drainage).
In the morning, paracetamol might help, but yelling won’t – nothing you can say will make them feel worse than they already do! Save it for the next day.
Oh, and pictures – take pictures!

The right tool for the job?

If something needs assembling, unscrewing, or otherwise adjusting, take your time, go out to the
garage and get the right tool for the job, don’t use a kitchen knife, because…oh…right, well give it a
wash then, make sure it’s clean and dry, and put a plaster on it. If it’s a big or deep cut, put on a
sterile dressing from your first aid kit (you’ve got a first aid kit, right?), nice and firm, and keep it
raised above heart level (better yet above head level) till the bleeding stops.
No first aid kit? Well, it’s not too late to get a note off to Santa….

Try not to get your fingers burned...

“Too many cooks…as they say,” in the kitchen can lead to accidents, especially burns. Minor
burns – the onesthat just go red – can be dealt with by running under the cold tap for a few minutes.
Ten minutes will be plenty for small burns, but for anything bigger than a chocolate penny, give it the
full ten. Blistered burns also need the full ten minutes, and then keep it clean using a non-fluffy dressing.
Nothing handy? Cover with a plastic bag (not the one you brought the sprouts home in!) or cling
film. If you’re using cling film though, lay it over the burn, but don’t wrap it round. And, no matter
what your mother tells you - no butter! No, absolutely none – you fry things in butter!

Just a few thoughts on keeping safe at Christmas>

# Deck the halls with boughs of holly, tra-la-la-la-la, etc! #

Yes it’s that time again, love it or hate it (I definitely fall into the, “bah, humbug!” camp btw), and
we’re all getting into the holiday spirit, or trying to. Ask the good folks up at A & E, though, and
they’ll tell you this is one of their busiest times of year. Stress, over-indulgence and, of course,
alcohol, all lead us to do things we otherwise wouldn’t, so here are a few tips, in no particular order,
to help make sure you don’t spend your Christmas in Doctor’s Grotto.

Those “boughs of holly” look great up on the walls, and the mistletoe is always good for getting folk
in the mood (for Christmas, of course!), but remember to keep an eye out for fallen berries, and
gather them up. In Victorian times it was never a problem, but in warm, cosy houses we can end up
with a lot of quite toxic berries rolling about the floor. Small numbers of berries eaten by big people
are unlikely to cause much more than a sore tummy, but if a small child eats a handful (and who else
would?), it can result in nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting. If you suspect any kind of poisoning, the
aim is to slow the dispersal of the poison round the body, so get the casualty seated, and keep them
c a l m . Try to establish what they have taken, how much, and when. If their level of consciousness
alters, or if they start to experience difficulty breathing, send for an ambulance. If they become
unconscious, lay them on their side, with their sloping down, head tilted back (recovery position).

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