The information below gives you the key steps to helping a child who is bleeding heavily.
Put pressure on the wound with whatever is available to stop or slow down the flow of blood.
You are acting as a 'plug' to stop the blood escaping. The pressure you apply to a wound that is bleeding heavily will stop or slow the flow of blood. This will help the blood to clot and stop the bleeding.
Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.
Significant loss of blood can lead to a potentially serious condition called shock.