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I’m a careful parent, why do I need first aid training?

Bumps, scrapes and breaks, fevers, seizures and choking…for some this is just a really bad day at home, but for others without first aid training these can turn into a nightmare for parents so, so quickly.

We know life is full of  twists and turns and our children are often very accident-prone, however despite wanting to wrap them up in cotton wool, we must also let children explore, play and become independent. Accidents happen, however we can still try and protect them by having the vital life saving skills to halt a condition from worsening, or even worse to resuscitate back to life.

Five reasons why we all need first aid training

1- “Over 2 million children under the age of 15 experience accidents at home every year, for which they are taken to A&E units”

Being a parent is a full time job however one that comes without a user manual or guidebook. We get thrown in at the deep end and hope for the best. With so many exciting places for kids to explore, places for trapped fingers, new things to chew on, places to hide, and activities to get involved in (“helping” mummy with the ironing when she’s not looking), it’s not surprising that accidents and emergencies are bound to happen.

2- Every second counts – “For every minute that goes by that CPR is not performed survival rates fall by 10% (AHA, 2015)”

Here in Dubai the ambulance services and DCAS, their governing body are trained to a very high standard with an optimum reported response time of 8-9 minutes however with life threatening emergencies we only have 5-6 minutes to react and intervene before permanent damage could set in.

After that time CPR is rarely effective, as the body will have gone without an adequate oxygen supply for too long and brain damage or injury may have occurred.

3- Childhood illnesses

Knowing when a (very) common cold or tummy bug needs medical attention is not only a parenting skill but one which can save a life. Spotting the danger signs before it develops into something worse in small children where communication is restricted is vital, especially as things can change in such a short space of time in children.

4- “One child dies every five days from choking on food” (USA)

The most common everyday emergencies for babies and toddlers are:

  • Choking
  • Burns and Scalds
  • Cuts and Bruises
  • Unconscious or not breathing

Would you know what to do if your child needed help and it was only yourself around?

If your gut reaction is to look for help, then you need to look closer to home and get first aid training, sooner rather than later. Choking is a major worry, especially for maids and nannies and the most innocent grape can terrify even the most sensible of carers!

“20,000 children end up in casualty departments with burns, 100 children die from severe burns every year”, RSPOA

5- First aid training saves adult lives too

While your main priority as a parent would be to be protect your children from serious injury or death, the skills you learn in a Safe Hands first aid course will also cover you for adult emergencies, meaning  you are looking out for all family members, friends and even members of the public.

Safe Hands deliver classes in infant, child and adult first aid, CPR and AED. A unique quality that we have at Safe Hands is that all of our instructors are not only first aid trained but qualified nurses. With clinical and degree experience we have the ability to pass on our knowledge to others, giving you the power to feel confident should an emergency arise.

Through our Paediatric First Aid courses we have heard of many different stories from choking incidents, febrile seizures to large burns.We have also received so much feedback from previous attendees who have had to use the skills in an emergency situation, many saving live.s

Learn today as you might just save a life tomorrow!

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