The Importance of First Aid. How to Stop the Blood Coming Out From the Nose!!

Everyday we face challenges and calamities that need an immediate human response. One of the challenges is that accidents do occur unexpectedly some are fatal and some are minor hence they need human touch or basic knowledge how to handle the situation. I found out majority of us do lack those basic skills that are vital to save someone’s life. We tend to panic and shiver with terror when we do not know how to handle the situation. In many cases we end up dialling the emergency number 999 and of which is greatly advisable. In normal circumstances they end up giving you some advice how to help the person in need while the paramedics are on their way.

Recently I faced a similar challenge and fortunately enough I had the basic skills to ease the problem. It so happened that last week Friday I went to a night vigil where I was invited by one of my neighbours. I sat behind a lovely couple. The husband was holding their two-year-old boy throughout the night though here and the wife would hold the baby boy for some few minutes. I could see the reason why the husband would volunteered more to hold the child, the toddle had a bit of weight.

It was nearly 3 am in the morning and I saw the toddler oozing some blood from his nose. His father had held him high up on her left shoulder. The blood was soaking thoroughly on the father’s green jumper.  Immediately I poked the dad with my finger and alerted what had befallen their little boy. He lifted him up and put laid him carefully on his lap. Sensing the danger I went straight to the couple and politely I told the father that I wanted to offer some help and stopping the blood from bleeding. He agreed and listened for my advice.  Here is the sequence that I followed to stop the blood  from coming out:

First step: I asked the father to hold her son’s head and tilt it slightly. The tilting position enables the blood to change the course of flow. By tilting the head you had automatically stopped the blood to come out from the nose.

Secondly, I hit lightly with a good punch on the forehead of the victim. Two lightly punches would be considered good enough to blockade the blood from oozing and redirect  it to other courses of flow in the body.

Thirdly, I waited for a minute or two whilst the head is on tilting position giving the blood allowance of finding its normal course of flow.

Finally, I asked the father to release the toddler’s head and it was all done.

At home you may follow these simple first aid steps and save someone from loosing a lot of blood.

My eldest sister passed these basic skills on to me when I was as young as seven. In the course of event I managed to help so many people, pupils at school.  I became known for helping people to stop the blood from coming out from their nose. Today I freely pass this information to you and help many in times of dire situations. Knowledge is power and be in control. I hope you have benefited something from reading this article.

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The Baboons reared a baby.

Once upon a time during the liberation struggle of Zimbabwe, a certain village in Manyika Province was bombed by Smith regime soldiers. The whole village was turned to ashes. All the people in the village died but there was only one fortunate survivor, a baby girl. The baby cried throughout the day and night but no help came from  the nearby villages.  The following  day a troop of baboons that were passing by saw the baby lying next to the burning ashes. Filled with compassion and having understood the plight of the baby, the mother baboon picked up the baby and carried on its back. The baboons moved back into the forest  where they started to look after the little baby with tender  loving care. It gave them pride and  a purpose. The baboons provided food for the baby.  At night-time the baboons would go  and sleep in a cave. The mother  baboon would grab the baby and brought it closer to its chest and cupped the baby with its fur arms to give the baby the best warmth. The father baboon would sandwich the baby, providing the best protection and warmth. As the days flew by, the little girl developed quickly and mastered  the baboon life, eating like a baboon, walking like a baboon and communicating like a baboon. All these development pleased the new parents especially the mother baboon who made all the efforts to fend her and teaching all the tricks of surviving in the jungle. The little girl could quickly alert  the baboon family if human beings were coming to send them away from their fields and orchards.

Two years later the little baby girl was now capable of walking long distances in search of food. She used her hands as forefront legs like the baboons. It was on one of these trips that the little girl was noticed with other villagers whilst walking with baboons. The people in the neighbouring villages were puzzled. Some  people who were more curious than others  started to follow these baboons and observe from a distance and discovered the truth that  the little girl was part of the baboon’s family. It is from their observations that they noted that the  little  girl was  living happily with the baboons and there was a kind of mutual understanding. The little girl was also protected from any outside attacks especially from the human beings.

The story was reported to the Chief of the area and who finalised that the little girl should be taken away from the baboon’s family and brought her to the village. The villagers gathered and found  a way to take the little girl from the baboon. When time came  to pick her up, the villagers could not comprehend the fierce attack they faced from the wild animals.  The baboons were screaming and chanting but it did not stop the villagers to go ahead with their plan. The baby girl became very upset when she realised her old family had been overpowered.  The baboons ran after the human beings in attempt to grab their child back.

In the end the animals accepted defeat. The first few weeks were hard  to adapt for the baby but  surprisingly the little girl blended well with new parents. Her story became the talk of so many people. The villagers prepared a party invited the baboons a sign of appreciation. It went merrily and the baby girl was happy to reunite with her former parents “the baboons”