Debunking common first aid myths

first aid myths

Our parents and grandparents passed down many well-meaning first-aid tips, but some haven’t aged well with medical advancements. Let’s debunk some of these common first aid myths and ensure you’re prepared to handle emergencies effectively.

Top First-Aid Myths

  • Toothpaste on Burns? These substances can trap heat and actually worsen the burn. The best way to treat a minor burn is to cool it with cool running water for 10-15 minutes.
  • Alcohol Warms You Up? Wrong! Alcohol actually lowers your body temperature. When someone is cold, focus on drying them off, wrapping them in warm blankets, and giving them a warm drink.
  • Tilt Your Head Back for a Nosebleed? This can cause blood to run down the back of the throat, leading to unpleasantness or even vomiting. Pinch the soft part of the nose just below the bony ridge for 5-10 minutes while sitting upright and leaning forward slightly.
  • Pop a Blister? Leave it alone! Blisters are the body’s natural way to protect a wound and prevent infection. Popping one increases your risk of infection.
  • Mouth-to-Mouth for Everyone Unconscious? CPR is only necessary if the person is unconscious and not breathing. If they are unconscious but breathing normally, place them on their side in the recovery position and monitor their breathing.
  • Putting Something in the Mouth During a Seizure? Absolutely not! This is dangerous as the person could choke on the object. Remove any sharp objects from the area and gently guide them to the floor if standing. Once the seizure is over, place them on their side in the recovery position and monitor their breathing.

Remember: When in doubt, call emergency services immediately at 09155556030, 09155556040. But by knowing these basic first-aid facts, you can provide initial care and improve the outcome until help arrives.

Stay Prepared, Stay Safe