Growing up is all about finding your feet, there may be a stumble here and there and a new found independence lets little ones explore their curiosity. No matter how much we want to keep our little ones safe and away from harm, as hard as it is for us as parents, it’s not always possible. It’s virtually impossible to keep them wrapped up in cotton wool so when an accident does happen or the little ones fall ill, it’s crucially important to know how to react and what action to take.
Thankfully, British Red Cross have released a free app Baby and Child First Aid App, so that parents can learn the life skills to respond to a number of given incidents. Parents can learn first aid easily safe in the knowledge that the information they are being taught is accurate. With expert advice, British Red Cross can inform parents of what to do and parents can follow the onscreen guidance, which is given in short, easy to read statements so parents can react quickly.
No parent ever thinks that their child is going to break a bone. Who prepares for that kind of trauma? Before Little Mr was born, I attended an emergency first aid session at a local baby store to learn the basics of what to do in certain situations and it seems that many other parents- to-be have the same frame of mind; a British Red Cross survey revealed that ‘the majority of parents who are interested in learning first aid are in their third trimester of pregnancy or have a baby up to around 8 months old’. So what happens after that?
Would you know what to do if…
your child had an Asthma attack? Had a febrile seizure? Had poisoning or swallowed harmful substances? Prior to downloading the free app, I would have probably panicked and make the situation worse by letting my child see me upset but with thanks to the app, instead I hope I would react quickly and calmly, follow the on-screen advice and make a judgement on the next steps to take.
The latest video from British Red Cross is food for thought as it asks Parents what they would do if their child was poisoned. What would you do?
The Baby and Child First Aid App is very easy to use. You can learn about what to do in various situations, prepare yourself with guidance on how to prevent accidents and test yourself with informative and thought provoking quizzes. There is also a Toolkit section which allows you to add a child record to the app which records details such as GP details, any medications and allergies.
Alongside the useful learning tools in the app, there is also an Emergency First Aid section which gives you step by step advice on what to do in an emergency such as burns, choking baby, meningitis and what to do with an unconscious baby/child. The app also offers the opportunity to allow you to make the call to the emergency services if needs be.
If you’re a Parent or carer, I urge you to take ten minutes and download the free app. Please don’t just download it and leave it untouched, open it up and have a read. Take one of the tests and prepare yourself for what hopefully may never happen!
The British Red Cross Baby and Child First Aid App is available in the App Store and Google Play. The App is free and contains vital information that could save your child’s life. Be responsible and download it now!
Disclosure: ‘Sponsored by British Red Cross’