My kids getting sick and injured scares me, it really does, when they get a temperature I fly into a bit of a panic and worry like mad. Now this isn’t like me I’m normally the level headed one – and can cope with most emergencies but when it’s my kids it’s a lot different. When they were born we were lucky and offered first aid training which as we were in NICU with J meant that I was able to take it. The training was baby specific and offered by the British Red Cross as part of their outreach work. It covered the serious situations you may encounter, choking, lots of bleeding and fitting all related to babies and was so easy to understand even for a sleep deprived new mum of a baby in the NICU.
I no longer have babies in fact I haven’t for a long while and I’m in need of refreshing my first aid training cause although I have been trained and trained by the Red Cross for Children and Adults it was a while ago and first aid training should be kept up to date every 12 months and it’s a life skill that I am glad I have had and I’ve used, whether it’s dealing with a scorpion sting, an allergic reaction, making a decision on whether a student needs to go to hospital whilst working out in Costa Rica I wouldn’t be without the first aid knowledge that the British Red Cross and Red Cross International around the world have given me.
Would you know what to do if your child was choking on a sweet or had had an allergic reaction and was going into anaphylactic shock? Yes we need to call emergency service in some situations but what would you give to pass that onto someone else to do whilst you provide immediate help for your own child. To be the one in the know that can ask someone else to call and get emergency help whilst you in that instance provide immediate support for your child to start the road to recovery and even save their life.
It’s time to get in the know and get trained – you can book First Aid Training with British Red Cross easily online and one of the courses specifically for baby and child. But whilst you wait for that in person training it’s time to do something now.
That knowledge, some of the training is in the swipe of a finger on your phone – The British Red Cross have created a app that covers what to do in cases of your child choking, a nasty cut and whilst your reading up about the different ailments you can test your knowledge training yourself on how to help your child in the case of need. The British Red Cross App is available for both Apple and Android systems and with a simple touch you can have all of that knowledge at your fingertips.
As the app is FREE – you can use it in an emergency to find out what you need to know, to train yourself what to do in the most critical conditions when you have a moment and be there and know what to do when your child is the one in need. It has a section where you can add in all of your child’s details including any medical conditions, doctors. We often go on a trip with friends, her daughter has allergies and carries medication to be able to put them in and then if something does happen have all of the details to hand in one place so that in a panic I don’t forget something is amazing.
Click to learn online, download a baby and child app or go on a baby and child first aid course now it’s time to ‘Find your first aid swagger’ – Watch the commercial for “RappedUp” poisons below.