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Family First Aid

Date: February 24, 2015 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: Parents' Tips and Tricks

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Whether you are expecting, have just had your first baby or have lots of children already, it’s always a good time to learn about family first aid. Even if you have done a course in the past, the information and advice is constantly being updated so refreshing your knowledge regularly is a must. Knowing what to do should an emergency arise can literally be the difference between life and death and whilst we all hope it will never ‘happen to us’, it’s best to be prepared.

Common Accidents and Injuries

Family first aid 1Safety proofing the home is something parents take seriously but even if you think you have everything covered, accidents can happen. From cuts, grazed knees, banged heads and broken bones. Would you know what to do?

Injuries can become serious in a matter of seconds and it’s the first aid you provide that can make a huge difference to your baby or child. Before you call 999 and those precious minutes waiting for the ambulance to arrive are important. Knowing what to do can ensure you are calm and can focus on keeping your child calm too, instead of panicking.

What to Do

FA2Bleeding. If bleeding is severe you should apply a pad or whatever you have to hand and maintain pressure to the wound. Raise the affected area if possible to reduce blood flow to it. If blood soaks through, apply further pads or towels on top of the original one, don’t remove the first. Then spend time reassuring them.

Choking. Babies under one should be held head down along your forearm while you give up to five back blows between the shoulder blades, checking to see if the blockage is cleared each time. If not, perform chest thrusts by turning them over and using two fingers to push against their breastbone, upwards and inwards. For older children, encourage coughing by coughing loudly and asking them to copy you. Then perform the back blows. Chest thrusts should be done by standing or kneeling behind them and pulling your clenched fist upwards and inwards below their ribcage.

Poisoning. Children under five are the highest risk for poisoning. Always seek medical advice if you suspect your child has ingested something. Do not encourage vomiting or give them food or drink. Find out what and how much they may have swallowed.

These are just three potential incidents, there are many more. The best way to be prepared for any eventuality is to take a first aid course and make sure your home is stocked with an adequate first aid kit.

FA3Book a First Aid Course

At Bumpkins all of our staff have up-to-date first aid qualifications. Taking a first aid course is a great idea as they cover all aspects of first aid and allow you to practise CPR. The confidence you will gain from being prepared is worth the investment. Millie’s Trust is a charity that aims to make first aid training available to everybody. A relaxed and enjoyable environment is the best way to learn these potentially lifesaving skills so see if there is a course in your area and don’t delay, book the course today.

Photos: Dwayne, Pete and Michael McCullough

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