PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID

We all enjoy our holidays, especially if we can manage to squeeze in some swimming.

However, the last thing on our minds would be the possibility of finding a young child, lying at the bottom of the pool. However, this is exactly what happened (*1) when a 13-year old boy, Cody, spotted a child at the bottom of the pool in Rochester, Minnesota (USA). Fortunately, Cody acted quickly and involved other people, so that the young boy could be dragged out of the pool. Next, a trained First Aider, Desiree, performed CPR on the child. This skillful action actually saved his life. As always, a speedy response helped to bring about a successful outcome for the young child in this instance. One thing is certain that if you are trained in First Aid, you can react quickly to any medical emergency and in the case of children, you can help to alleviate their distress, especially in situations involving cuts, burns, fractures, etc.

You may be interested to know that Staff Defence makes it a practice to regularly review sites that are linked to First Aid. As we provide a training course in Paediatric First Aid, we researched the facts and figures related to children’s emergency needs, so that we can ensure our course is mainstream and current. In the UK, the leading charity, (*2) Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), has been forged to identify, assess and analyse exactly what the problems are for children of all ages from infants and toddlers to under-fives through to older children. CAPT focuses on prevention, but pinpoints the following main areas of danger, so that we can ensure we incorporate the following material :-

  • Road Safety – as a pedestrian, cyclist, driver (for older teens) – these accidents happen very quickly and can be fatal.
  • Burns – Hot drinks, button batteries (being swallowed), irons, hair straighteners, cooking appliances (kettles, saucepans on the stove), scalds from hot water in the bath, and burns from heaters, radiators and fires not properly guarded. Major fires can occur through an over-heated chip-pan and through cigarettes not properly extinguished – such incidents can result in serious burn injuries.
  • Poisoning – There are many household products that are dangerous to very young children, if they are accessed without your knowledge – Laundry products, cleaning products (bleach, disinfectant etc.), and everyday painkillers.
  • Strangulation – For babies and infants, strangulation can occur in different ways – blind cords are unsafe when you have a looped blind cord.
  • Suffocation – When cot bumpers, duvets and pillow are left in the cot, it is possible for a baby to become suffocated by one of these. Also, taking your baby into bed or sleeping with them on the sofa is fraught with danger, as the baby can easily suffocate.
  • Choking – A baby can choke when ingesting small pieces of food, such as, carrot, apple, cheese and nuts.
  • Falls – Babies can fall off a bed or changing table, from climbing the stairs, high-chairs, windows, and trampolines. Any type of fall can result in sprains, bruises, or fractures.
  • Drowning – A baby or infant can quickly get into difficulties, when water is present eg. in the bath, in a garden pond, in a swimming pool, and on the beach.

From CAPT, we can see that there are many occasions, when an accident or injury to a child can occur, let alone consideration of illnesses, such as, seizures (febrile or epileptic), dehydration, asthmatic flare-ups, anaphylaxis, and allergic reactions. For all child carers, whether you are a parent, nurse, carer, teacher or nursery assistant, the most important skill you can acquire is that of being trained to administer First Aid, safely and effectively to children. To assist you, Staff Defence can provide you with a fully-accredited (Highfield Level 3) Paediatric First Aid training course, designed specifically for First Aiders in the workplace. This is a theoretical and practical programme, which is operated over two days with continuous assessment, and concludes with a final written examination.

The Paediatric First Aid course at Staff Defence is designed to ensure that, by the end of the course, you will be able to administer First Aid to children, suffering from a comprehensive range of illnesses and/or injuries. By participating in our course and successfully completing it, you will feel confident and competent in delivering first aid to children in a timely and impressive manner. A by-product of finishing this course is the fact that you will be able to help any child in an emergency situation, whether it is your own child or that of a friend or relative.  Listed below are a few of the topics that we cover in our Paediatric First Aid course, as noted below:-

  • Administer CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) to a child/infant.
  • Manage Head & Spinal Injuries in a young child
  • Treat Children with Acute Medical Illnesses
  • Manage Children suffering from extremes of Body Temperature
  • Treat a Child, who has experienced an Electric Shock.

We would encourage you to first visit our website to review the Paediatric First Aid course, together with other courses in which you may be interested, as below:-

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

Should you have any questions at all, please free to call or email us and we will be happy to answer your queries. In the first instance, we are happy to email the appropriate Course Outline to you. Our contact details are, as below:-

T: 0203 997 7900

E: info@staffdefence.co.uk

References:-

(*1) https://www.inpulsecpr.com

(*2) https://www.capt.org.uk