Thursday, 25 October 2012

Would you know what to do if your child had an accident?

Two thirds of parents don't feel confident that they would know what to do if their child had an accident (according to a survey by Bounty's Word of Mum Panel). To try and change this the British Red Cross are launching a nationwide campaign to encourage all parents learning basic first aid.

The campaign started today at the Baby Show where they are running a series of 30 minute training sessions every day. If you are at the Baby Show this weekend why not join in? If you aren't you can sign up the First Aid Challenge here where you will find first aid advice and videos as well as first aid courses around the UK.

British Red Cross training

So what sort of thing would be good to know?

In my session today we learnt how to help a baby or child that is choking (firm slap between the shoulder blades with baby or child leaning forward), has a burn (cold running water for 10 minutes), a sprain (frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel), unconscious (resuscitation) and more.

I've completed several first aid classes before for both adults and children, but a refresher is always good to build confidence and to learn the latest advice. The British Red Cross session was really interesting and I learnt some new skills. The best thing about knowing first aid is you may never need to use your skills, but if your child is injured or ill you can do something to help.

Why not sign up to the British Red Cross First Aid Challenge now?

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