Unit 202 Outcome 2.3

Three circumstances where children need urgent medical attention.
Swallowed Poison                                                                                                                                          
If the child is conscious ask them what they have swallowed, and if possible how much and when. Look for clues i.e. poisonous plants, berries or empty containers. Try to reassure them.
Call 999 for emergency help- Give ambulance control as much information as possible about the poison. This information will assist the medical team to treat the child.
Monitor and record the child`s vital signs while waiting for help. Keep samples of any vomited materials, give these samples, containers and any other clues to the ambulance crew.
Chocking Child
  If the child is breathing, encourage them to cough, this may clear the obstruction. Remove any obstruction from their mouth.
If the child cannot speak, stops coughing or breathing, carry out back blows. Bend them well forward and give five blows between the shoulder blades using the heel of your hand. Check their mouth but don't put your fingers in their mouth as they could bite.
If the back blows fail, try abdominal thrusts. Put your arms around the child's upper abdomen. Make sure that they are bending well forwards. Place your fist between the navel and the bottom of the breastbone, and grasp it with your other hand. Pull sharply inwards and upwards up to five times. Stop if the obstruction clears. Check the mouth again.
If the obstruction has not cleared, repeat the previous two steps up to three times. Keep checking the mouth.
If the obstruction still has not cleared call 999 for emergency help. Continue with trying to clear the obstruction until help arrives or the child loses consciousness.
Unconscious and not breathing
Check for breathing. Tilt their head back and look and feel for breaths. If they are not breathing.
Tell someone to call 999 with the child's details and location of the...