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Lifesaving Knowledge at Your Fingertips: First Aid Essentials for Children

Updated: 6 days ago

When emergencies strike, the difference between helplessness and heroism could be your knowledge of first aid. In critical moments, a basic understanding of CPR, handling choking incidents, and treating burns can save a life before professional help arrives. That’s why we’ve curated a selection of comprehensive first aid tutorials from St John Ambulance, the UK's leading first aid charity.


St John Ambulance believes that anyone can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. They’ve developed a series of easy-to-follow videos designed to empower you with lifesaving skills. Whether you’re a parent, a caregiver, or simply someone who wants to be prepared, these resources are invaluable.


In this blog, we'll guide you through essential first aid for children with selected St John Ambulance videos. These are crucial skills that everyone should have, especially those in caretaking roles. Let’s make safety a priority and ensure that you’re equipped to take action when it's needed most.


Remember, while these videos are excellent learning tools, they are not substitutes for professional medical advice or in-person first aid training. We highly recommend attending a first aid course to practice these skills under the guidance of experts.


First Aid for Children


CPR

If a baby is unresponsive and not breathing, giving a baby CPR can help keep them alive until an ambulance arrives. In this video a St John Ambulance trainer shows you how to give CPR to a baby.



Choking

In this video a St John Ambulance trainer shows you what to do if your baby is choking and takes you through choking first aid for babies. Your baby may be choking if they suddenly become distressed, have noisy breathing, if they are unable to cry or cough. In some cases they may not be able to make any noise or breathe.



Burns

As your baby explores the world around them, they may come into contact with something that can burn or scald them. In this video a St John Ambulance trainer shows you how to treat your baby who has a burn or scald.



Dislocated Joints

In this video a St John Ambulance trainer shows you what to do if your baby has a dislocated joint and how to recognise the signs of a dislocated joint. Babies’ joints can be delicate and they can become dislocated. This can happen if a strong force pulls a limb into an abnormal position, such as pulling them up by their hands or pulling their arm through a sleeve when getting them dressed.



Seizure

In this video a St John Ambulance trainer talks about the signs & symptoms if your baby is having a seizure and how to help. It can be very worrying for parents to see their baby having a seizure, but if it is dealt with properly it is rarely dangerous.



Allergic Reaction

In this video a St John Ambulance trainer talks about what to look for if your baby has had a severe allergic reaction and what to do. An allergy is the body’s unexpected reaction to something it has come into contact with. Your baby may be allergic to cow’s milk, plant pollen, animal hair, insect stings or specific drugs. As you wean your baby you may find they are allergic to specific foods, such as fruit, shellfish, and nuts.



Shock

In this video a St John Ambulance trainer shows you what to look for if your baby has shock and what to do. Shock (not to be confused with emotional shock) is a life-threatening condition, which happens when the important organs in the body only get a poor supply of blood and oxygen.



Hurt limbs

In this video a St John Ambulance trainer shows you the first aid steps if your baby has hurt their hands or arms. Little fingers like to explore, but they can easily become stuck in small places. This may lead to hand or finger injuries. The bones and joints in the hand can suffer various types of injury, such as fractures, cuts, or bruising.



Closing Thoughts


We hope these St John Ambulance videos serve as a starting point for you to embrace the role of a capable first responder in an emergency. It's our sincere wish that you never find yourself in a situation where you have to use these skills, but if you do, your preparedness could be the beacon of hope in a time of need.

Remember, knowledge is just one part of the equation. Regular practice and refreshing your skills are just as important to ensure that you can act confidently and effectively. We encourage you to share these resources with friends and family, because the more people that know first aid, the safer our homes and communities become.


For comprehensive training and certification, consider enrolling in a first aid course with St John Ambulance or a similar reputable organization. Until then, keep these videos handy, and stay prepared, informed, and ready to make a difference.







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