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A learning to swim for children in Nam Dinh (north).
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At the end of April 2022, the Faculty of Combustion Treatment (under the National Burns Hospital of Lê Huu Trac) received about 20 cases of burns caused by boiling water, electricity or alcohol.
According to the deputy head of the faculty, doctor Hô Thi Vân Anh, the number of patients, especially children, increases during the summer because they are not in school. They stay at home and face more risks of house accidents.
“About 80% of the hospitalized cases are burned by fire, boiling water or alcohol, 10% by electricity and the remaining 10% by poisoning. It should be noted that after the accident, the relatives of the patients do not know how to perform first aid properly so that the injury may worsen or become infected. This can make the treatment process more difficult. This is all the more regrettable for cases that ultimately require amputation of a limb.“, says M.me Van Anh.
Between late April and early May 2022, National Pediatric Hospital received 10 children injured due to electric shock, oil poisoning and drowning.
VA is a 20 month old girl from Bac Giang (North) province, she was hospitalized with symptoms of severe respiratory distress. She drank the liquid in the plastic bottle next to the window without knowing it was oil.
Another case was that a two-year-old girl in Hanoi removed the charger cable from one smart phone. She received an electric shock and her left hand was burned.
According to doctors, the hospital annually receives young patients who are injured at various levels, mild or severe. For children aged 2 to 5 years, the accidents are generally burns, suffocation by putting small objects in the mouth, poisoning or falls. Among those between 6 and 14 years old, drowning is common because they are active and love to play in the water during the hot months. Therefore, strict adult supervision is absolutely mandatory!
Pay more attention to children
After minor accidents, children can be cured quickly and completely. Unfortunately, some cases are quite serious, they get major damage that can not be cured 100%. They thus retain the scar of the injury forever, or worse, doctors are sometimes forced to perform amputations.
Books on preventing and rescuing accidents at home are very helpful for parents in informing their children.
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According to Dr. Lê Ngoc Duy, of the National Pediatric Hospital, home accidents are a major issue because they can create real psychological trauma in them. Some of these accidents come from the inattention of adults.
To avoid them, parents must first and foremost pay attention to their children. In the house it is necessary to install barriers in front of the stairs to block the opening of windows with a security system.
To eliminate risks, it is important to keep medicines, knives, household and do-it-yourself products in the cupboard, out of the reach of children. We must pay attention to the temperature of the bathing water, keep children away from hot household appliances, do not leave containers filled with liquid or hot food within their reach.
As far as drowning is concerned, adults should always keep an eye on children bathing but also teach them to swim as fast as possible.
And above all, in order to best deal with home accidents, it is necessary to teach parents the first aid movements so that they can use them after an accident and thus reduce the risk of serious sequelae.
Mit Anh / CVN