As a registered childminder and a responsible parent I take first aid very seriously. I’m regularly attending first aid courses and make sure that I know exactly what to do should I need to. I’d recommend it to everyone as its a good idea to be clear in your mind. You can find First Aid courses local to you through a quick internet search.
There are a few things which are quite easy to remember and will make all the difference in a variety of emergency situations:
From a mobile phone dial 112 for emergency services. This opens up all of the emergency channels and also allows the emergency services to locate you as details of the mobile phone mast your call is passed from are visible to them.
The best way of remembering CPR if you need to do it (if someone isn’t breathing) is 5:30:2. Thats 5 initial breaths (only applicable for children) followed by 30 chest compressions and then 2 breaths. You keen going for as long as you can or until emergency services arrive and tell you to stop!
If something is bleeding, then elevate it and apply pressure. Unless its a nose bleed then sit forwards and pinch the nose to stop the blood draining out.
Peas wrapped in a tea towel are your friend for bumps and bruises. Watch out for concussion as this can happen a very long time after the initial bump.
Try to carry a small first aid kit about with you, you never know when this might come in handy.
Try to encourage your children to cut up their food and chew it properly and slowly. This will help to prevent choking scenarios. Also, make sure they don’t put little toys and similar items into their mouths (I do this by explaining the dangers each time something goes into their mouths and trying to keep small or dangerous items like washing tablets out of reach). If they do start to choke encourage them to cough and help themselves. If they cant then put them over the back of your knees and hit them hard on the back 5 times, if this still doesn’t work you’ll have to start pushing their diaphram in and up. This is the sort of thing you need to learn on a course!
I think for me, those are the key principles which allow you to deal with the situations which are most likely to happen. I’ve resolved to spend more time with the children running them through what to do and letting them play with my out of date bandages. I think its really critical that they know how to contact emergency services and what they should say. They also will be drilled into remembering phone numbers and addresses this Easter.
To finish on a lighter note. I’ve begun quizzing them on and off to get them to remember what they should so in various situations. The eldest gave me a gem the other day when I asked what he should do if he finds someone unconscious: ‘kick them in the willy, if they don’t scream they are dead!’ Perhaps not ideal but I think he may be on his way to understanding principles…