I can recall in ONE DAY I had to administer first aid to three boys at my home – they were friends over playing with my children.
Two boys (one of them mine) stepped on a rusty nail that was lying face up in a piece of
wooden paling in the back yard (should have been cleared away but wasn’t) and one split his head when he fell off the bike and hit his head on the side of the rock wall. He had a helmet on but it doesn’t protect the forehead from a jutting out stone!
Most parents will face the responsibility of administering first aid
at some point to their own or to children who are visiting.
Gaining a first aid certificate or first aid skills will give you the calmness and confidence
you need to act quickly.
First aid prevents an injury or situation becoming worse.
It is reassuring for you to know how to act quickly in situations such as:
– Choking (partially or completely)
– Bites by a spider, bee, snake, tick or wasp
– Febrile convulsion
– Near drowning incident (more common than you would like to know and mostly in backyard pools)
– Falls and breaks a limb
– Burns with steam, flame, sun or chemicals (ingested or superficially to the skin).
First Aid courses available around Australia
This article was brought to you by Jan Murray, Private Child Health Consultant who is an internationally renowned expert in her field. Jan encourages parents in the area of infant sleep, nutrition, activities and family balance. She publishes regular ezine and blog articles to provide free parenting tips, tools and resources to educate and support those caring for young babies and children.