Safe and Sound provides paediatric First Aid Training for Parents, Nannies, Au Pairs, Child Minders, Nursery Staff and Grandparents.
We have been providing first aid training for over 14 years. Our trainers are paramedics and nurses with extensive experience of accident and emergency medicine. Their knowledge means that they are able to answer any questions which might arise during the training.
We run regular courses in our own venues in central and north London. Alternatively you can host a course in your home or work place and invite other family members and friends.
Why is it so important to learn first aid? In an emergency you need to react quickly and effectively. Knowing what to do could make the difference between a minor accident becoming a major one and in the worst case scenario between life and death.
Common First Aid Misconceptions
Burns " Put butter/antiseptic cream on it".
Never put butter/antiseptic cream on a burn. Instead, cool the burn under cool running water for at least ten minutes to stop the burning and relieve the pain. If cold water is not available, use another cold, harmless liquid such as milk. Apply a non-fluffy dressing.
Nose Bleeds "Hold the child's head back and pinch the bridge of the nose".
Treat nose bleeds by sitting the child down with the head tilted forward and pinch the fleshy part of the nostrils together for 10 minutes. Remember to tell the child to breathe through the mouth and spit any blood into a bowl or tissue.
Poisoning "Make the child vomit".
Never induce vomiting - it could burn or block the airway. Try to find out what has been swallowed and how much and seek professional medical advice.
Choking "Stick your fingers down the child's throat".
Never stick your fingers down a child's throat - you could cause further obstruction or cause the airway to swell. Start by bending the child forward from the waist and give 5 sharp back blows between the shoulder blades, using the heel of your hand.
Epilepsy " Put something in the child's mouth for them to bite on".
Never put anything in the mouth of a child during a seizure. Your priority is to keep the child safe until professional medical help arrives. Move furniture or any other obstructions out of the way. Keep calm, so that you can reassure and comfort the child.
The above is not a substitute for professional first aid training. For details of paediatric first aid courses in your area please call Safe and Sound on 0208 445 8998 or go to www.safeandsound.uk.net
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