With the scorching summer heat, it is important to know what to do if your loved one has a fall, or says they’re feeling light-headed. Fainting occurs when the blood flow to a person’s brain is reduced, which is more likely to happen when the body is exhausted, such as after exercise or in high temperatures.
Older individuals are more likely to experience fainting episodes than their younger counterparts, so it is essential to be prepared for a fall. If your loved one has heart problems, is prone to fainting episodes, or they have lost consciousness as a result of fainting, you must seek medical attention.
AgingCare has provided a number of ways to ensure the safety of your loved one when they are light-headed or have passed out.
Keep them from falling
If your loved one says they are dizzy or feeling faint, be sure to help them to a safe and comfortable space such as a lounge, chair, or bed. This will help their body to rest, and prevent any damage from falling should they pass out.
Get them in the right position
Whenever someone has fainted but is still breathing, they should be placed on their back, with their feet slightly elevated if possible. This helps to get the blood flow back to their brain. If they are seated, gently rest their head between their knees to facilitate blood flow back to their head.
It is important to check your loved one’s airway for vomit and excessive saliva. If they are not breathing, someone who can safely administer CPR should do so.
Give them some air
After checking that your loved one is breathing, and in a safe position, try to give them some air. Open a window, a door, or turn a fan on to help circulate air in the room. Also make sure they are not being restricted by tight clothing such as a tie, belt, or anything else that may constrict blood flow.
Watch the clock
If your loved one has fainted for more than two minutes, then it could be a sign of a more serious medical problem. If they are unconscious for longer than a few minutes, you should contact emergency services.
Help them get up slowly
Make sure to provide physical support for your loved one after they come to. Let them rest until they feel comfortable trying to sit up or stand. Do not let them try to walk until they have been conscious for fifteen minutes or more.
It is important to keep hydrated after a fall. When people faint, their blood sugar usually drops, so a sugary beverage could help regulate their blood sugar and make them feel better. Your loved one should take small sips to prevent them from choking.
There are a range of things that can cause fainting, particularly for elderly individuals. If your loved one is suffering from regular fainting episodes, you should contact their doctor and inform them immediately. Ensure that your loved one is staying hydrated and cool this summer to lower the risk of fainting episodes.
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