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Children come in all sizes, and age is not a good indication of the size of the child. We talk about different methods of CPR for children and adults, but look at the child, make an assessment and choose your method accordingly. Size will affect how bad a bleed is and sometimes how a child reacts to an accident. It is important to talk carefully to children of all ages and get help as soon as you can.

Children will be more scared and they may not understand what you are saying.  They can also rapidly get worse since their bodies don't cope as well as an adult does with things like shock.

On this course, we've mainly gone through first aid that you're more like to do on someone of your own age group. But when we're dealing with children, there are a few other things you need to bear in mind. Now, in your home, you might have your grandchildren or your children coming over to see you and children can get into different sorts of accidents. If you have a child, then, obviously, accident prevention and childproofing the home the best you can. You may be used to having your home without catches on the doors and things like this. So, maybe have a look to see what's available. Talk to the mother maybe or your children and find out what you need to do to keep your house safe. But be aware of the sorts of things they can injure themselves on. And children typically will hurt their head, they'll fall over, they cut themselves, but they can also have more serious complaints. All the first aid we've learnt so far in this course is pretty much the same for children, but there's a couple of little things.

With a child who's hurt themselves, they can deteriorate very, very quickly. It's the same with illnesses in children. It would appear that they're coping very, very well and then very quickly, they go downhill. So you need to monitor them very carefully. Also, with the injuries that they have, you need to make sure that you treat them well. If a child has lost a lot of blood, then, on a percentage basis, a lot of blood is coming out of their body so shock may be a problem. Generally speaking, if a child has hurt himself, he would need to get emergency services, maybe this would be taking them to casualty, taking them to doctor or in more serious cases, calling emergency services.