Sports can be an excellent opportunity to teach children of all ages about what it means to function as a team rather than as an individual. It helps motivate children to find a better way to express themselves while helping them to stay fit so that they have a long, healthy life.
Cricket is one sport that can do all these things. The problem is that, like all physical activities, there is a certain degree of risk involved when playing it, as children are likely to get hurt. They may slip and fall, sprain their ankle, bruise their shins or be the recipient of unfortunate contact with the cricket ball.
Let’s learn about reducing the risk of injury and the kind of first aid for parents to learn to keep your children safe while playing cricket.
Teaching children how to prevent injuries can be as simple as teaching them how to properly handle the equipment and how to play cricket. Even when the eventual injury does happen, it will improve your child’s odds and those of the children around them by helping to lessen the chances that a severe injury occurs.
When introducing your children to cricket and before every game, remind them of the following things:
- They should respect the game and the rules of the game.
- They shouldn’t mistreat the equipment, ball or cricket bat.
- They should always remain focused on the game.
- They should refrain from ever intentionally putting themselves or another person at risk.
Cricket First Aid Guidelines for Children
Though cricket is a game that isn’t as risky as sports like football, injuries will still occur. As a parent, it’s as important to know how to properly treat a scraped knee as it is to know how to stabilize and treat head trauma before your children begin playing the game.
The first thing you will need is a first aid kit for children. These kit should include the following items:
- Emergency Care Cards
- A CPR Mask
- SAM Splints
- Triangular Bandages
- Sterile Gauze Pads
- Roll Gauze
- An Antiseptic Solution such as Hydrogen Peroxide, Rubbing Alcohol or Iodine
- Children’s Aspirin or Acetaminophen
- Safety Pins, Adhesive Tape and Elastic Bandages to Secure Dressings, Splints and Other Items
- Disposable Cold Packs
- Plastic Bags
- Insect Repellant
These items constitute the bare minimum that a first aid kit for children playing cricket should have. It gives you the ability to stop any life-threatening injuries that your child may sustain while ensuring that you have the ability to give appropriate treatment to reduce the severity and duration of injuries that aren’t life threatening like ankle sprains.
Cricket First Aid for Parents: Procedures and Advice
Most treatments for injury will be common sense. Having access to the right supplies will enable you to perform swift treatment of injuries that could threaten your child’s life.
You should stop the bleeding from cuts, gashes and other wounds with the proper application of gauze pads and bandages after cleaning the affected area with antiseptic.
Broken fingers and other bones should be stabilized by a splint before traveling to a doctor or emergency room.
For sprains, muscle strains, dislocations, contusions and fractures, it’s important to immediately get your child to stop playing the sport. Use ice or cold packs from your kit to reduce swelling in the affected area. You can utilize bandages and tape to help apply pressure to the injury once it has been stabilized by a compression sleeve, cloth or bandage. The last step to decrease swelling of such an injury is to elevate the injury.
If your child is in pain, then use aspirin or acetaminophen to reduce the pain. You may wish to give your child a small dose of these drugs to help further reduce swelling.
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