It’s a fraught and terrifying thought that many parents in Australia have little to zero knowledge when it comes to child and baby first aid. According to a recent poll conducted by Australian Child Health, 40 percent of Australian parents are not confident in administering CPR and first aid to a child.
As a former emergency care nurse and now a first aid trainer, I’ve encountered many cases where people are just standing around panicking and unsure of what to do. The feeling of fright and helplessness is the worst, especially if your child is the one involved in an accident or a serious illness.
Despite our best efforts for them not to face any harm, babies and children are naturally inquisitive, which often leads to unwanted accidents.
Choking is probably the most prevalent accident in children. Children are quick to get their hands on small objects such as small toys, a bread, or a hard piece of fruit or vegetable. Anything that is small enough that could slip back and block the airway should be hidden to the children’s prying eyes.
Head injuries come a close second to choking. Kids are more susceptible to head injury compared to adults as they are incredibly active and have little sense of danger. They also have weaker necks and torso, making them prone to traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Lack of knowledge and information largely contributes to the feeling of helplessness among parents. I am sure that no parent wants to be in a situation where their children need help and they don’t know what to do.
Here are 3 great reasons why you should add child and baby first aid to your to-do list this year.
1. Have first aid skills under your belt
None of us know what the future has in store for us or for our children. Having skills in child and baby first aid will give you the confidence to deal with any life-saving injuries anytime, anywhere. You will be able to administer child and infant CPR, Heimlich maneuver, and other basic life support techniques that could save your kid’s life.
2. It prevents a minor situation from getting worse
With the right training, you will be able to follow correct procedures in treating a minor injury before it escalates to something major. First aid training can also reduce unnecessary visits to the emergency room and prevents medical situations to deteriorate.
3. Parenting journey made a bit easier
The Child and Baby First Aid course will prepare you how to deal with both minor and life-threating medical emergencies. Now, you don’t have to constantly worry about the safety of your child, and you can enjoy the whole parenting journey.
Child and Baby First Aid is a skill set that parents, teachers, babysitters, and carers should have. Anybody that is involved with taking care of kids whether personally or professionally should learn the very basics of first aid and CPR.
Here at First Aid Courses Sydney, our first aid training courses are designed to provide quality first aid to all. The Child and Baby First Aid will cover the most common injuries in children (choking and head injuries) and will include the appropriate first aid to avoid further complications.
Upon completing the course, you will feel more confident to properly assess and provide help in case something happened in a child and you are in the area.