10 Things About First Aid everyone thinks are true (But Aren't) - First Aid and Health & Safety Training
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  1. Tip the head back to stop a nosebleed

Tipping the head back can cause the blood to drop into your lungs and cause further problems. What you should do is have the person sit and lean forward, then press both sides of the nostrils for a few minutes until bleeding stops. If you can’t stop the bleeding in about 15 minutes, or the person has trouble breathing, call 999.

  1. If someone’s bitten by a tick burn it off

Burning the tick off may increase the risk of getting a tick-borne disease. Using tweezers, grab the tick by its mouth or head as close to the skin as possible and lift it straight out without twisting or squeezing its body or noting how much it looks like your mother-in-law. Lift the tick until the person’s skin “tents,” wait for several seconds and the tick may release its grip.

  1. Force your child to vomit if they swallow chemicals

It is a common myth that you should force your child to be sick if they swallow chemicals or tablets but this can cause further problems. If faced with this problem, take your child to the hospital or phone an ambulance immediately.

  1. If something gets stuck in you, pulling it out is ok

This may be OK if the object is small, visible, and near the surface. But this does not apply to larger objects. For an embedded object, you may need a trip to A&E. If you do remove an object, like a thorn, wash the wound well with soap and water, dry it, and bandage. Incidentally, the embedded object may be holding in the blood

  1. If you twist a knee or ankle, apply cold only

People recommend skipping ice altogether unless the pain you’re experiencing is unbearable. If that’s the case, apply ice packs two or three times, for 15 minutes at a time. If the pain from the sprained ankle is so severe that you can’t walk, or if the joint is bent at an odd angle, see a doctor right away. A better option for reducing sprained ankle pain and improving short-term function is taking anti-inflammatory medicine.

  1. People may swallow their tongues during a seizure

People can control their own airway, don’t stick anything in their mouth. If the person is outside, let him or her roll around on the ground. It’s OK. When a person is having a seizure, don’t hold the person down as this can result in injury. Just remove objects from around the person to prevent injury.

  1. Breathing into a paper bag will ease hyperventilation

Never breathe into a paper bag it can cause dangerously low oxygen levels. There are a lot of reasons why someone might hyperventilate, so you should calmly encourage them to breathe slowly and deeply. If someone is complaining of chest pain with hyperventilation, call 999.

  1. Clearing a child’s throat with your fingers will stop them choking

Placing fingers into the throat could cause damage to the child’s throat. Stand or kneel behind your child and give up to five blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. Check the mouth quickly after each one and remove any obvious obstruction.

  1. Alcohol will warm a person with exposure or chills

While alcohol can make you feel flush and warm inside, it can increase the causes of hypothermia in cold weather. If you suspect a person is suffering exposure to the cold, move the person to a place that’s warm and dry and remove any wet clothing and wrap a blanket around them.

10.If someone suffers a serious burn, cover it in butter straight from the fridge

Putting butter on the burn will make it worse by retaining the heat, and it could also increase the risk of infection. To treat a burn flood the affected area with a cold liquid for at least ten minutes or until the pain is relieved.