As a parent, I have seen my fair share of cuts, bumps and scrapes on my children. Two wild boys, who love to ride bikes – fast. Skid down slopes, climb rocks at the seaside and trees in the woods.
I don’t want to be one of those Mums who say ‘be careful’ every five minutes – but my goodness – please be careful! Luckily, touch wood, we haven’t had too many major injuries. No broken bones, no over night stays in hospital. But we have had the usual trips to A&E for falling down the stairs and for high temperatures.
When Rufus fell down the stairs he was three. Right from the top, he bumped and bounced all the way down. Immediately went floppy and threw up. Concussion. In a panic, I ran around. Dan jumped in the car and took him to A&E, where we waited for three hours to be seen. In this time Ru perked up. He had a check over and was fine. Thank goodness. But it could have been so much worse.
Learning First Aid is probably one of the most important things to learn. I took a course last year and found it invaluable. The correct way to treat burns, cuts and breaks before the paramedics arrive.
The British Red Cross are looking to educate and inform parents about the importance of learning first aid by raising awareness of their free Baby and Child First Aid app. I’ve recently downloaded it and have found it brilliant, packed full of great advice, tips and easy treatments from allergic reactions to vomiting and diarrhoea.
At the top of the first page there are tabs, Learn, Prepare, Emergency, Test, Toolkit and Info. By clicking on each tab you can be directed immediately to what you need to know. With useful videos, tips and emergency protocol to help you deal with a minor or major ailment.
I found the TEST tab to be pretty useful – it asks you a number of questions to test your first aid knowledge. For example, I hadn’t realised that you should run a burn under cold water for 10 minutes! Really useful information.
The British Red Cross would also like to encourage parents to take a course in First Aid (which are held across the UK), in particular for parents who have kids aged between 0-12 years old. You can find out more about courses and their free downloadable app over on the British Red Cross website.
So what are you waiting for, download your FREE baby & child first aid app now!
This post was written in collaboration with the British Red Cross.