Unit 009 Helath and Safety Outcome 4

Unit 009 Outcome 4   Know what to do in the event of a child or young person becoming ill or

There are many different sign and symptoms that a child may show when he or she is feeling unwell or has become injured. Here is a list of a few of them:
  1. The child may cry.
  2. Look pale colour.
  3. Screaming in pain.
  4. Will not want to join in on activities.
  5. The child may become more clingy than usual.
  6. If the child is injured and may limp.
  7. Holding where is painful and sore.
  8. When a child is injured or unwell, he or she may act differently.
  9. If the child has injured its head, it could be dizzy and disorientated.
  10. The child may become sleepy if it is injured.
  11. Thirsty.
  12. Not wanting to eat.
  13. Swollen throat.
  14. Swollen eyes.

It is rare for children to become seriously ill with no warning. Early recognition and treatment of symptoms can prevent an illness or injury from getting worse or turning into an emergency.  
Some children may be too young or may not be physically able to tell you when they need medical attention due to a disability. Often children and young people can become seriously ill very suddenly which means that as a member of staff I should be alert to any changes in their behaviour which could indicate pain or nausea.

When a child becomes sick or lets you know that they feel unwell, I will need to sufficiently look after them until their parent or a carer arrives to collect them. In life threatening situations the emergency services should always be contacted straight away. An example of this would be if a child had any of the following signs of acute illness:

1. An open wound that won’t stop bleeding or where the blood is pumping out. 2.Burns or scalds to the child’s skin
3.Meningitis symptoms such as a stiff neck, fever, headache and a rash that doesn’t fade when pressed by a glass.
4. Confusion, headache, vomiting or blurred vision after a...