About First Aid Guides

About First Aid Guides

It's practically impossible to parent a child from infancy through adolescence without a few situations — minor or major — that need medical attention at home or by a health care professional.

Our 1-page guides take the guesswork out of what to do for more than 50 common mishaps and illnesses. They'll help you handle many childhood emergencies and less serious, but still scary, situations. Print or bookmark them for easy access.

Make sure you're prepared for anything by having an emergency contact sheet handy. Post this on the fridge or other easy-to-find location:





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

© 1995-2015 KidsHealth® All rights reserved.
Images provided by iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com





Bookmark and Share

Related Resources
OrganizationNational Safety Council The National Safety Council offers information on first aid, CPR, environmental health, and safety.
OrganizationU.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) This federal agency collects information about consumer goods and issues recalls on unsafe or dangerous products.
OrganizationAmerican Red Cross The American Red Cross helps prepare communities for emergencies and works to keep people safe every day. The website has information on first aid, safety, and more.
Web SiteAmerican Red Cross Babysitter's Training Course Designed for 11- to 15-year-olds, the babysitter's training course can help you care for children and infants, make good decisions, solve problems, be a good leader, and more.
Related Articles
What to Do After a Car Crash Although you do your best to drive responsibly and defensively, it's still a good idea to know what to do just in case you end up in an accident.
Going to the Hospital It may seem scary to go to a hospital, but doctors and nurses are there to help people who are sick or hurt feel better. Read our article for kids to find out what happens inside a hospital.
When It's Just You in an Emergency In a medical emergency, kids can be heroes just by calling for help. Find out more in this article for kids.
Getting Help: Know the Numbers The best time to prepare for an emergency is before one happens. Make sure your family knows emergency phone numbers - and make sure your kids know how to place a call for help.
First Aid & Safety Center Boo-boos, bug bites, and broken bones - oh my! Here's your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about how to keep kids safe.
Is it a Medical Emergency? Should you head straight for the emergency room when your child is hurt? Different problems require different levels of care, and you have many options.
U.S. Poison Control Centers If you have a poisoning emergency, here's the number to know: 1-800-222-1222.
Teaching Your Child How to Use 911 Teaching your child how to use 911 in an emergency could be one of the simplest - and most important - lessons you'll ever share.
How to Use 911 You can be a big help when someone is hurt or in danger. How? By dialing 911. Find out more in this article for kids.
What's It Like to Stay in the Hospital? Scheduled for a hospital stay? Knowing what to expect can make it a little easier.
What Happens in the Operating Room? Surgeries and operations happen in the operating room, sometimes called the OR. Find out more in this article for kids.
First-Aid Kit A well-stocked first-aid kit, kept in easy reach, is a necessity in every home. Learn where you should keep a kit and what to put in it.
3 Things Every Responsible Babysitter Should Know It's extremely unlikely that you'll face an emergency while babysitting. But knowing you're capable of handling problems allows you to relax and focus on the kids.
911 Emergencies No one likes to think that something might happen to someone we care about. But whether we like it or not, emergencies do happen, and they require us to think and respond quickly.
When to Go to the ER if Your Child Has Asthma If your child has asthma, it's important to know when going to the ER is the right choice.
Going to the Emergency Room Knowing what to expect when you need to take your child to the emergency room can help make it a little less stressful.
What Happens in the Emergency Room? When you need help right away, you can go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. This article tells you what will happen when you get there.
What You Need to Know in an Emergency In an emergency, it's hard to think clearly about your kids' health information. Here's what important medical information you should have handy, just in case.
iGrow iGrow
Sign up for our parent enewsletter