Accidents happen – having the skills and confidence to appropriately help is vital!
Accidents are the number one cause of preventable death in under 60s in the UK and young children are particularly accident prone.
First Aid training plays a crucial role in empowering parents and carers with the skills and confidence to help should an accident occur. Keeping calm, understanding how to recognise and prioritise life threatening injuries and knowing what to do in the first critical seconds can make the difference between life and death. Taking a good quality First Aid course run by highly qualified medical or emergency services professionals will teach you these skills and give you the peace of mind and reassurance to enable you to be confident and competent to do the right thing should an accident occur. Understanding at what point to phone an ambulance is vital, as it is important to deal with any life threatening injuries first before reaching for your phone. It is also crucially important to know when and how to move someone and when they should be kept still.
Further frightening statistics from a survey of 2000 parents by Mother and Baby Magazine reported that:
- 19% of parents have seen their child choke but 69% didn’t know what to do.
- 92% of parents don’t think their baby sitter would know what to do in relation to first aid
- 90% of parents admit to being ignorant of the most basic first aid guidelines
Many accidents that happen in and around the home can be avoided. By identifying and understanding potential accident risks in the home, you can take some basic safety steps that will keep your children safe and give you peace of mind.
The most common emergencies for babies and toddlers:
- Burns and Scalds
- Head injuries
- Cuts and Bruises
- Unconscious or not breathing
Joining a First Aid course should be reassuring and enjoyable; practical First Aid courses such as the ones run by www.FirstAidforLife.org.uk are brilliant as they will allow you to learn in a comfortable and welcoming environment where you can ask numerous questions and can practise life-saving skills with the support of an expert. Alternatively our online first aid courses enable you to learn these life-saving skills at a time and pace that works for you. They are ideal to brush up on your first aid training or learn from scratch; they are mobile friendly and presented in a step by step multimedia format, fully supported by email for any questions that arise.
* Based on figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England and Wales, 2010
First Aid for life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information. It is strongly advised that you book a First Aid course to gain the skills and confidence to help in an emergency.
Emma Hammett, First Aid for Life Tel: 0208 675 4036 www. firstaidforlife.org.uk