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Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for babies and children:
bleeding heavily

Watch the video, in which a child is treated for heavy bleeding, and remind yourself of the key steps below.


If there is blood flowing from a wound and it is too big for a plaster to cover, then your baby or child is bleeding heavily.


Put pressure on the wound with whatever is available to stop or slow down the flow of blood.

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You are acting as a 'plug' to stop the blood escaping. The pressure you apply to a wound that is bleeding heavily will stop or slow the flow of blood. This will help the blood to clot and stop the bleeding.


Call 999.


Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.

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Significant loss of blood can lead to a potentially serious condition called shock.


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