7 Nov 2012

How to save a life: Baby first aid


The other night I hauled my body of the sofa and went out to a two hour baby first aid course run by NCT and the Red Cross.

I've completed an adult course in the past but decided I really should know what to do if anything happened to my baby or someone close to me. It's funny isn't it, the most important thing is our bodies and yet not many people know how to save a life.

This was only a two hour course so the information was packed in and although we might not know what to do properly in an emergency, the main message I came away with was that if you act with confidence, you can't make the situation any worse. Just the fact you are acting is helping.
 
The course included ways to deal with the following:
  • Loss of consciousness and CPR
  • Choking
  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • High Temperatures
I won't go through the steps for each because the videos are so concise and I urge everyone to take a look at these informative videos on the Red Cross website for children from time to time. You never know, it could help. 

The Red Cross also have a brilliant (free) app that can give advice and also has a panic button you can press to get an immediate walk through of what to do in certain circumstances. The videos are also on here http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/First-aid/Mobile-app
 
You never know, you may just save a life...
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