I am a huge advocate of getting yourself trained in the basics of first aid. I did my First Aid at Work qualification last year, and while of course I’m more than happy to run to my colleague’s aid when they suffer paper cuts, my main intention behind gaining this qualification, was being empowered and confident in dealing with any first aid situations among my friends and family. Put it this way if you (God forbid) found your partner unconscious would you know what to do? If you found your friend choaking at a BBQ lunch, would you know what to do? Hmmmm if not! Hmmmm!
Anyhow my desire to get clued up now extends to knowing what to do in First aid emergencies for my soon to arrive little one. With this in mind my mum and I attended a four hour British Red Cross First Aid for Baby and Child course (http://www.redcrossfirstaidtraining.co.uk). The courses are publicly available, and these ones are specifically aimed at parents to be, grandparents, non professional carers / baby sitters, that type of thing.
Our course was absolutely brilliant! It was led by Lloyd who was the calmest, kindest, most knowledgeable chap ever. The group was really small, including my mum and I, there were only five of us. We did loads of practical exercises using each other and using baby and child dolls for CPR / choaking practice.
In only four hours we learnt so much, what to do with an unconscious patient, shock, anaphylactic shock, how to do CPR, what do it with broken bones, head wounds, how to do the recovery position for babies and young children, meningitis signs and symptoms, how to treat various burns, the list goes on and on.
The four hour long course was only £45 each (in my opinion arming yourself with first aid knowledge is beyond priceless, even more so when it comes to your child). We also received a great little workbook that uses photos to demonstrate what you should do in multiple situations. Hopefully you’ll never have to deal with any of this, but it’s vital to arm yourself with the knowledge to give you the confidence to act.
If you can’t get to a course you can download the Red Cross first aid for babies and children app for free from the App Store.