If you are a parent or work in the childcare sector then having an understanding about first aid for children and babies is essential. This article is meant as an introductory guide only and should not be used as a replacement for paediatric first aid training.
Children are by nature inquisitive beings and love to learn by investigating new things. They will use their hands, fingers and their mouths to touch, feel and taste new objects. As they begin to learn to toddle, walk and then run, the world around them becomes their adventure playground.
Unfortunately babies and children have a diminished ability to recognise dangers and often find themselves in trouble. It is your role as a parent, child minder, nursery nurse or teacher to take on the responsibilities of a first aider. The following article will give a brief overview of the skills required by a paediatric first aider. It is essential that you receive training in these skills as you could mean the difference between the life and death of a child in the case of an accident or emergency.
Very often in the event of an accident or an injury the first aid given immediately can improve recovery time and even in extreme cases save the life of the patient. The roll of first aiders cannot be underestimated.Continue reading