How would you cope in an emergency?
It’s something we always think will happen to someone else or is confined to the over dramatic scenes on Casualty, but your children, our children could just as easily have an accident whether you’ve taken your eye off the ball or you’re always 2 steps behind, it’s inevitable and what you do in those first few moments could have a huge impact on the outcome.
I’m not scare mongering, it’s a fact of life that babies and children get them selves into all manners of strife. My toddler is testing the very core of any first aid training I’ve done on a regular basis and I’m lucky enough to have held a paediatric first aid certificate for 14 years (which is renewed every three) but prior to this my only back up was a freebie first aid book which came with a parenting magazine which if I’m honest, came in no use what so ever when the situation arose.
While shuffling through pages it was quicker to phone the Dr’s surgery or make a dash to the nearest A&E, which I did on a couple of occasions when the boys had nasty falls or very high temperatures. Nowadays though, we have a portal to any knowledge we desire at the touch of our fingers, or more specially, an app. The British Red Cross for example, have launched a free first aid app, available from the App Store and Google Play which parents can download for free and access when they need it the most or prep themselves on the important life saving skills which count in an emergency situation.
Would you seriously know how to respond to a choking baby? We all know the basics but information changes all the time. What if you’re looking after your friend’s child and they had an asthma attack? Once you download the app, (did I mention it’s FREE) you can go straight into the Emergency page and quickly navigate to what ever situation you’re in. That choking baby I mentioned; in 2 taps I was straight to the information complete with demonstration video.
It’s also more than worth your while to read through the Learn section, I know from experience that any first aid training I’ve done, although I think I won’t remember, gets filed away ready to present it’s self when I’ve needed. Just 5 minutes while you sit down and feed your baby or waiting in a queue. Emails and Facebook can wait, Facebook won’t save lives!
If you really want to show off and be the friend everyone wants on playdates, sign up for a course or visit the Prepare section to get up to speed on potential warning signs and situations. You can even test yourself to see just how much you think you know. I took the burns test and found out any cold running liquid can be used to immediately treat a burn if water isn’t available.
I’ve also got my teenage son to download the app onto his smart phone, now he’s out and about on his own most of the time. It goes without saying that there will be times when he or his friends will need some basic first aid at and as they live in a predominately technical era, this is perfect for making sure they have life skills on a media most suited to what they’re use to. And the boys loved the YouTube rap!
Seriously, what’s to lose, get your free British Red Cross baby and child first aid app now! (Did I mention it’s FREE)
This is a sponsored post brought to you by The British Red Cross, all opinions and words are my own.