In a recent poll, 96.8% of Mother & Baby readers thought all parents should learn first aid*.
We all hope that we’ll never be in a situation where our baby or child is choking or has a burn or cut, but learning simple first aid skills can give you the confidence to help your little one in an emergency.
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There are many ways you can learn baby first aid so you can feel confident in an emergency situation. By setting aside some time to learn, you’ll be prepared for any bumps or mishaps that come your way as your baby grows up.
Take a course with the British Red Cross
The British Red Cross offers a variety of ways to learn first aid to suit you, whether it’s booking a first aid course, learning online or downloading the free Baby and Child First Aid app.
The British Red Cross First aid for baby and child course is available from £45 per person at venues throughout the UK. The four-hour course covers a range of first aid situations, from choking and unresponsiveness to fever and meningitis. Visit here to book.
British Red Cross is offering Mother & Baby readers £5 off a First aid for baby and child course; see the October issue of Mother & Baby magazine for your exclusive code.
Take an online course
If you'd rather not leave the house (especially if you're isolating because of coronavirus) and learn first aid from home, Daisy First Aid offer a very helpful online course.
The Daisy online package is a course packed with videos, audio and visual aids designed specifically for parents and carers to give them the knowledge to help a baby or child who is injured or ill until professional medical support is available.
Daisy First Aid are also offering live online sessions for parents and children at home via zoom video link. These classes are fun, educational and in line with the national curriculum requirements.
These options are £20 and available by contacting your local Daisy trainer at www.daisyfirstaid.com
Learn as a group
Taking part in the First aid for baby and child public course as a group is a great idea for friends, families, community groups – in fact anyone who wants to learn first aid in a relaxed environment.
From just £24 per person, you could save money on our public courses compared with booking individually. Young babies are welcome on group bookings only (however, we suggest arranging alternative childcare to aid concentration if possible). Visit here for further details.
Download the app
The free British Red Cross Baby and Child First Aid app, available from your Apple or Android device’s app store, will give you first aid at your fingertips. It’s packed with useful videos, animations and tips, along with first aid quizzes to test your knowledge. Find out more here.
Useful baby first aid
How to treat burns and scalds
Burns and scalds are a very common injury in infants and toddlers and the peak age for burns is in infants and toddlers between 8 and 18 months of age, where the most common cause is a burn from a hot drink.
There are three simple steps to take if a child is burnt.
- Immediately run the burn under cold water for 10 - 20 minutes
- Remove any clothing or jewellery around the burn
- Cover the burn with cling film (do not use creams or lotions)
Read more here about how to treat burns and scalds on infants, babies and children.
How to perform CPR
If you ever find yourself in a situation where a child, baby or toddler in your care has stopped breathing and their heart stopped beating, you should follow the following steps.
- Check for a response with a tap on the shoulder or foot
- Check baby’s airway is open by tilting the head and lifting the chin. If something is blocking the airway, which you can easily remove, then remove.
- Check breathing. Look listen and feel for a maximum of 10 seconds for normal breathing. If your baby is not breathing and unresponsive you need to SHOUT FOR HELP and start CPR.
- With the airway open, give 5 Initial rescue breaths by placing your mouth over your baby’s mouth and nose, forming a seal and blowing into their mouth.
- Perform 30 Chest compressions – Pressing down firmly with 2 fingers in the centre of the chest at a rate of 100-120 per minute. Then give 2 Rescue breaths followed by 30 chest compressions and repeat.
- If your baby starts to breathe, place her in the recovery position on her side, with their head tilted back until emergency help arrives.
Read more about how to perform CPR on a baby, toddler or child here.
What to do when a baby is choking
Choking can be scary but performing these three simple steps can save a life.
- Give up to five back blows. Hold the baby face down along your thigh with their head lower than their bottom. Hit them firmly on their back between the shoulder blades up to five times. If back blows do not dislodge the object, move on to step two.
- Give up to five chest thrusts. Turn the baby over so they are facing upwards and place two fingers in the middle of their chest just below the nipples. Push sharply downwards up to five times.
- Call 999 if the object does not dislodge. Continue with cycles of back blows and chest thrusts, until the object dislodges, help arrives or the baby becomes unresponsive.
Read more on what to do if a baby is choking
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*Poll run on www.motherandbaby.co.uk/polls in May/June 2016. In answer to the question: ‘Do you think all parents should learn first aid?’ 96.8% answered ‘yes’, 1.6% answered ‘no’ and 1.6% answered ‘not sure’.
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