The other week my husband Oliver & I took a baby first aid class with Mini First Aid & our NCT buddies and below are a few important points that I learnt.
I really enjoyed the two hour session and would recommend it to any new parents or parents to be as it could save a life. I loved the ‘hands on’ practicing and have already popped my mini first aid kit in my changing bag (scroll down to see what’s in it!).
My Mini First Aid Top Tips
- NOT BREATHING – If your baby or child isn’t breathing offer 5 rescue breaths first (mouth over baby’s mouth and nose or hold the child’s nose) before alternating between 30 chest compressions (1/3 depth = 4-5cm using 2 fingers for a baby or 1-2 hands for a child) & 2 breaths until the emergency services arrive.
- BURNS – Hold the burn under running cold water for 10 minutes; after you can wrap it in cling film to keep it sterile. To avoid burns in the bath always run the cold water tap first.
- CHOKING – If they’re coughing encourage them to cough but if they are silent but conscious you can offer 5 ‘back blows’ followed by 5 thrusts (on chest with 2 fingers for a baby & abdomen with arms around them for a child over 1).
- MENINGITIS – Symptoms include being abnormally drowsy, having a fever, vomiting, reluctance to feed, crying/restless, headache, dislike of light and rash. Call 999.
- CONVULSIONS – Commonly caused in young children by a raised body temperature (above 38 degrees C); they invoke violent muscle twitching, hot & flushed skin, twitching of the face & breath holding; you should protect the child with pillows and padding, remove clothing, ensure a supply of fresh air and put into recovery position before calling 999.
- CUTS & GRAZES – Irrigate with a large volume of water until clean, pat the wound dry with a sterile swap & cover with a plaster or low-adherent dressing. A cold pack can be applied to bruises & bumps. Never attempt to remove an object embedded into a wound eg glass as it may cause the bleeding to become worse.
- SPRAINS & STRAINS – Treat with RICE: Rest, Ice (for 10 minutes but avoid frostbite by wrapping an icepack with a damp tea cloth), Compression, Elevation.
And here is what you should pack in your mini first aid kit for on the go:
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• YOUR MINI FIRST AID KIT • 🏨 . Last weekend I took part in a @minifirstaid session with my @nctcharity group (it cost us £40 per couple) & I learnt LOADS (blog post to come on that soon!!) .. However something that I hadn’t considered before was carrying a mini first aid kit with me (BTW who knew there’s already one in the boot of my car!) .. but what should be in your first aid kit? 🚑 . HERE IS A SUGGESTION.. 👇🏻👇🏻 . 1️⃣ Hypoallergenic Plasters 2️⃣ Burn Gel Sachets 3️⃣ Tough Cut Scissors ✂️ 4️⃣ Non-adherent Absorbent Dressing 5️⃣ Adhesive Hypoallergenic Tape 6️⃣ Conforming Bandages 7️⃣ Rust-resistant Safety Pins 🧷 8️⃣ Alcohol-free Cleansing Wipes 9️⃣ Metal Tweezers . IDEAL EXTRAS 👇🏻👇🏻 . • A large square of CLING FILM folded up – to wrap a burn to keep it sterile . • Bottle of WATER – for burns (this can be the one you’re drinking from!) 💦 . • A COOL PACK – in the fridge at home for bumps! ❄️ . • A THERMOMETER – to check for a fever 🌡 . Would you include anything else? 🤔 . PS You can pick up pre-packed first aid kids for around £10! This one is now in my changing bag! 💚 . #minifirstaid #firstaidkid #paediatricfirstaid #mummyblogger #mummybloggeruk #newmum 👶🏼
Do you have any baby first aid tips?