We have all witnessed what appears to be an innocuous situation in which a small child has reached out to pick up a cup from the kitchen table. It is what is in the cup that is important, because we quickly realise that it’s a cup of hot coffee!

Therefore, had we not quickly intercepted in this situation, then we would have been taking the child to hospital for emergency treatment of a scald from hot liquid. In general, this type of accident is highly-preventable and highlights the need for vigilance, when caring for young children. In fact, (*1) 90% of the most serious, preventable accidents to the under-fives are classified into 5 main categories, as below:-

  • Threats to a child’s breathing eg. choking, suffocation or strangulation
  • Falls
  • Poisoning
  • Burns and scalds
  • Drowning

Since most of us are parents, aunts, uncles, teachers, nurses, nannies or other child care workers, we are often exposed to the possibility of an accident occurring to a child. Usually, such an event happens very quickly, which is why knowing how to respond in a timely and effective manner is essential.

Additionally, it is a fact that road accidents, involving children under the age of 16, can result in serious injuries and even death. In 2011, (*2) the following figures for all road users (pedestrians, cyclists, and car occupants) were compiled for 0 – 15 year old children in the UK:-

  1. 60 deaths
  2. 2,352 serious injuries
  3. 17,062 slight injuries

The above statistics provide us with a reminder that accidents to children can happen in a variety of settings including at home, at work, on the roads, and in leisure settings (eg. swimming pools, tennis courts etc).

Since most of us come into contact with children in our everyday lives in some way, here at Staff Defence, we have developed an Emergency Paediatric First Aid course, which you will find extremely useful. In light of the fact that (*3) 7 out of 10 parents have admitted that they would not be able to administer first aid, if their child experienced a medical emergency, perhaps the time is right for you to commit to spending just 6 hours of your time to attend our course.

The Emergency Paediatric First Aid course is fully-accredited by Highfield and will help you to manage the following medical crises including:-

  • Identify when to administer emergency Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to a child
  • Assist a child in shock
  • Help a child with external bleeding
  • Deliver First Aid to a child, who is choking
  • Assisting a child with insect bites or stings
  • Helping a child with minor injuries

Our course includes continuous practical assessment, a written examination and a nationally-recognised certificate at the end of the training, which is valid for three years. Why not first visit our website to review our Emergency Paediatric First Aid training course? If you are interested, feel free to call or email us to reserve a place on our next course. All our contact details are listed below:-

W: https://www.staffdefence.co.uk

E: info@staffdefence.co.uk

T: 0203 997 7900

We firmly believe that by doing the training, you will feel confident enough to assist any child with First Aid in whatever medical crisis he/she presents. Who knows? You may even help in either saving a child’s life or minimising his/her injuries.


(*1) Child Accident Prevention Trust (2020)

(*2) Reported Road Casualties Great Britain Annual Report 2011

(*3) “Save A Life Survey” at www.nhcps.com (National Health Care Provider Solutions)