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A First Aid Expert Answers Your Questions

Missed our Wednesday Lunch Club with first aid expert Tracey Taylor? Don’t worry, you can read all of the advice she shared right here

Every week at Mother&Baby we bring you the Wednesday Lunch Club – a chance to get brilliant advice for your pregnancy and parenting questions from a top expert.

And this Wednesday we handed our Facebook page over to first aid expert Tracey Taylor.

Tracey’s an experienced Red Cross trainer and has a wealth of first aid knowledge and works to get the message across that first aid is simple and accessible to all. As a mum to two young boys, she’s also stranger to bumps and scrapes in her own home!

Catch up on everything that happened…

I'm in my second trimester with my first baby and would like to do a first aid class. Is it just one I do, or do I need to commit to a number of sessions? Also, when's the best time to do the classes?


Tracey: I'd recommend going on one of our baby and child first aid courses. We run these all across the country – they’re really interactive and you'll leave feeling confident to act in an emergency. Lots of mums-to-be go on the courses, third trimester is probably the most popular time and when the baby's here you might have less time.

My toddler tripped in the garden this morning and badly grazed his leg. Should I cover it or leave it to the air?

So long as it's not bleeding heavily make sure it's clean. You can do this by using soap and water. After you're happy the wound is clean, cover it with a plaster or small dressing.


My little boy keeps trying to drink the shampoo when he's in the bath. If he manages to at one point, what should I do?

Tracey: I'm sure you're trying your best to keep the bottle out of his reach but kids are curious creatures and accidents do happen. If you suspect your child has swallowed something harmful like cleaning products or medicine it's very important to establish what they've taken, when and how much. This information needs to be passed on to the emergency services. Then call 999 for emergency help. In the case of your shampoo, there should be some additional guidance on the bottle. This video might help.

How do you help an infant who is choking?

Tracey: There are slight differences depending on the age of the child. If it's a baby under the age of one who is choking, the best thing to do is hold the baby face down along your thigh with their head lower than their bottom and give them up to five back blows with the heel of your hand between their shoulder blades. You can see a video here.


If the child is over the age of one lean them forward and give them up to five back blows between their shoulder blades.

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