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First aid training for parents

On a normal school day, most parents will drop their children off at school confident that their welfare will be catered for. Amongest the many welfare needs covered by the school will be provision for emergency first aid in event of an emergency. Most schools will have staff trained to various levels, such as Emergency First Aid at Work or with reception classes Paediatric first aid, all covering the basics of keeping a child alive until professional medical care arrives. Many courses also cover the more mundane bangs and blows of the playground, thankfully the more common of the two scenarios.

But come the school holidays, what first aid provision is provided for your children? Many parents will have received first aid training via their workplace, some will have attended first aid training when their child was a baby, but as the child grows and becomes more adventurous many parents let their first aid knowledge slide.

One quick easy fix is to access some online learning, the easiest being via Youtube, which contains countless videos on key topics such as CPR and the recovery postion. Just ensure you find one which relates to the area in which you live. If you wish to take it further many first aid training organisations offer short first aid courses aimed at parents, typically running for 3 hours or shorter.

Enjoy bonfire night- but if…

Sparkler Nov 2011

Prevention is better than cure, so stay safe this bonfire night. But if someone was to get burnt remember the following simple steps:

Cool it down– use water to cool the burnt area. The cooling should continue for a few minutes at least, but more typically 10 minutes to ensure the area is really cool.

Cover it up– cover the burnt area with something clean and hopefully sterile. In emergencies a wet towel is often used, but ensure whatever is used will not stick to the burnt area and that it isn’t wrapped to tight- burnt hands and limbs often swell up.

If outside be careful that only the burnt area is cooled and that the person isn’t soaked, they will often get very cold, very quick.

If the burn is blistered or any clothing or material is stuck to the burnt area, do not interfere with this, just cover over the top.

Anything but the smallest of burns should be treated seriously, particularly in children. A rough guide in adults is any burn[s] the size of the persons hand or bigger, or in a child – bigger than a 50 pence piece should be┬áprofessionally assessed.