Keep dark washcloths in your first-aid kit for treating childhood cuts and bleeding injuries. The dark color prevents the child (and his or her parents and teammates or classmates) from being startled by the amount of blood.You will be able to get the injured child to the sidelines, camp infirmary or emergency department before symptoms of shock develop. — E. Rosellen Dedlow, PNP, Gainesville, Fla. (163-5)

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