If your child falls over and scrapes their knee you know what to do – scoop them up, kiss it better, pop on a plaster if needs be, wipe the tears and they are soon off again. What about the more serious incidents? Would you know what to do if your child had say an asthma attack or started to choke? You probably have a rough idea (you’ve seen it on TV right?) but faced with that situation would the panic set in – I know it would for me.
That’s a scary thought.
Of course those sorts of things aren’t what we like to think about and will hope it never happens to our own children or even any child around you. It doesn’t mean we still shouldn’t be prepared, basic first aid is one of those life skills we should all have, I remember taking a course back in school but I would definitely benefit from a refresher.
This week I have downloaded the baby and child first aid app from The British Red Cross. A free app which allows you to learn effective first aid quickly and easily. It’s a great tool, the app itself is really easy to navigate, the bold and clear writing separates each situation making it easy to refer too in an emergency – giving peace of mind to all parents.
It also has a test element so you can put your own first aid knowledge to the test and see what bits you may need to learn more about.
I didn’t do too badly with the tests but I did pick up some new things as well, for example, what to do if you find your baby unconscious or not breathing. I honestly would have just gone into headless chicken mode, but now I would know to do 5 rescue breaths and how to give them 30 chest compressions with just 2 fingers.
I am really impressed by the emergency feature for the app, it has clear easy to follow instructions of what your first response should be in every kind of situation – they also each have a short video (longest being 33 seconds) to go through those steps. I just think this is so important under those circumstances you don’t know how you will react, you may not be able to concentrate on reading the steps so that short video would be so effective.
British Red Cross research has shown that around two thirds of parents would like to learn more about first aid which is why they have introduced their new rappedup campaign to encourage us to take a course or download the free app with an aim to inform, educate and empower us when it comes to providing first aid.
Watch the super cute ad below
Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with The British Red Cross all thoughts and opinions are my own.