Bleeding: First aid

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An overview of the first aid treatment of bleeding and the prevention of shock.

Key points

  • If your child's wound does not stop bleeding on its own, act quickly to prevent too much blood loss and shock.
  • Signs of shock include pale skin, a drop in temperature, sweating, fast breathing and loss of consciousness.
  • If your child is showing any sign of shock, call 911 right away.
  • Raise the wound so it is above the heart. This will reduce the amount of blood flowing to the wounded area.
  • Be sure your hands are clean, or wear disposable gloves, when treating your child's wound.
  • If an object is embedded in your child's body, do not remove it. Cover the area with clean bandage rolls and seek medical attention right away.
Last updated: May 4th 2013