Children In The Kitchen: A Recipe For Disaster?
You soon discover with children they want to know everything; what is in the cupboards, what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and more often than not, what you’re cooking. Children in the kitchen is going to be fun and exciting but also a hazardous event. However when you know what to look out for, along with what are the most common accidents in the kitchen, then you will soon find that these common accidents can be avoided when using basic first aid.
Here are our 5 most common things to watch out for and some top tips in case you or your children are in a sticky situation! So the only thing you need to worry about is how good the food is going to taste.
SAFETY NOTE… As a parent its always good to know that you can administer basic first aid, however if its a serious injury and you are unsure about what to do in a situation, contact 999 or seek advice from a medical professional in any cases.
1. Pepper/Chilli Burns.
Things to watch out for: Using pepper and chilli’s in the kitchen to spice up a recipe, is exciting however once these spicy ingredients touch the eye or a small cut, the chilli’s and peppers start to burn.
Top Tips: Wear gloves or even glasses, to stop the excess spices jumping into the eyes and cover any cuts that you or your child has with a water proof plaster.
Action To Take: The child my not be able to open their eyes, as this can be very painful. The thing to do is to flush your eye out with water until they can eventually open them – this could take 5-15 minutes. Bathing the area around the eye with a wet flannel may help if the child won’t let you put water in their eyes, or using an egg cup filled with luke-warm water to ‘tip’ into the eye can be more comfortable than splashing cold water in their face – no child likes that very much!
Chilli in the eye can be pretty miserable for all involved, so this is definitely one best avoided!
For more information for kitchen mishaps, have a look at My Morning Chocolate.
2. Opening cans.
Things to watch out for: Be careful when opening cans as the can opener could slip – opened cans will be sharp; children and adults can find it easy to slice a finger.
Top Tips: Use a magnetic can opener to avoid any slip-ups when trying to tackle those tough tin openers. The magnet holds the lid instead of you trying to handle it which can be safer for little fingers.
Action To Take: If you end up cutting yourself on a tin can, apply pressure to stop the bleeding (a clean tea towel wrapped around the affected area can work if you don’t have bandages). Keep the hand raised above the heart and if the cut is deep or the bleeding does not cease then seek medical attention immediately.
Take a look at NHS Cuts and Grazes for treating minor cuts.
3. Peas and other objects getting stuck up the nose.
Things to watch out for: Peas do not belong up the nose, nor do any other objects. But some times these things have to be tried and test in the mind of a child. So watch out.
Top Tips: Make sure your child knows that peas belong in the mouth and not up the nose, or any other small objects. Action should be taken immediately in situation like this.
Action To Take: When this does happen try making your child sneeze. If it isn’t to far up the nose then try and pick it out with some tweezers. If all fails, its time for a visit to the hospital.
For more guidance check out the Baby Centre, which has top tips and some stories.
Thing to watch out for: Children could get burnt in all different way, grabbing metal handles of a hot pan, touching the surrounding areas of a stove, or even touching a hot stove, and reaching out and touching hot food and drinks.
Top Tips: Keep the hot pans and food to the back burner of the stove, so little hands can’t reach out.
Action To Take: Hold the burn under cold running water and keep there to cool for about 10 minutes. Do not place the area next to ice as this can cause damage to the skin. After 10 minutes, wrap the burn up with cling film. If the burn looks serious or affects an area of skin larger than the palm of your hand – get to a hospital straight away.
For more information visit the NHS burns and scalds page.
5. Cuts with knifes and broken glass.
Thing to watch out for: When using knives when there are children around, extra caution should always been taken, along with broken glass in the kitchen area.
Top Tips: Always point knifes them away from you and your fingers when cutting. If a glass has been broken sweep up with a brush and put it into a separate container and warn others about the accident in case there happen to be small pieces left. Use a sponge or a small cloth to collect the small pieces left behind and remove children from the area while you are clearing up the breakage.
Action To Take:If the cut does occur hold the injured area to reduce the blood flow, reducing loss of blood, and then cover with a plaster. However if the cut appears to be deep and serious, or there is glass in the foot or hand, do not attempt to remove the object but get to a hospital straight away.
For first aid advice on cuts and bleeding visit the St Johns Ambulance page.
Safety Note… As a parent its always good to know that you can administer basic first aid, however if its a serious injury and you are unsure about what to do in a situation, contact 999 or seek advice from a medical professional in any situation big or small.