First Aid for Babies and Children

First Aid for babies and children is clearly a very very important topic.   It’s a vital skill and something I believe all parents and in fact everybody should learn.   To explain more about paediatric first aid, I’m delighted to introduce Philippa of Daisy First Aid to you.  Philippa is based in Bristol and runs Paediatric First Aid Training.  I would urge all parents to invest in first aid for babies and children.   It is something you will never regret, and you may save a life.  Philippa has very kindly written the following article for me:


What is First Aid?

In its most basic form, First Aid is the initial assistance given to a victim of injury or illness. Basic First Aid knowledge is comprised of relatively simple techniques and procedures that can be performed with limited equipment and is typically carried out until professional medical assistance arrives

Why is First Aid Training Important?

First Aid knowledge is invaluable for both you as an individual and for your wider community. It enables you to help someone in the event of an accident or emergency situation until further and professional help arrives. These skills and knowledge are adaptable so can be used at home, work, public locations, in fact these lifesaving skills can be applied absolutely anywhere.

Having First Aid knowledge and understanding not only benefits you as an individual.  It extends to your family, friends, co-workers and anywhere you are.  Accidents aren’t always unavoidable, they will and do happen. How you deal with these situations can impact on the outcome immensely.

It is important for as many people as possible to have at least a basic knowledge of First Aid.

Who Should Invest in Paediatric First Aid Training?

The simple answer is EVERYONE!

  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Expectant Parents
  • Extended Family
  • Babysitters
  • Those running children’s activities
  • Anyone who looks after or has interaction with Children

What time and cost would you put on have the skills to be able to save someone’s life?

When babies and children are in childcare, or at school, they are always near to a first aider. A lot of younger children and babies spend most of their time with their parents, it makes sense that a parent should have the necessary first aid skills.

Learning First Aid will instil confidence and instinct to react quickly to deliver the care required immediately. 

Paediatric first aid training is, of course, beneficial to parents.  This can be especially true for first time parents who may be struggling to know what to do to should an accident occur.

Children are curious explores and very good at getting themselves into scrapes and accidents.

Instead of panicking and worrying about what to do, the parent knows how to spring into action to provide the individual with the care needed.  When an accident occurs that hurts a child,  it can be difficult to think clearly. Having expert trained knowledge to draw on, and remaining calm, can be the difference between doing the right thing and making the situation far worse than it already is.

A Paediatric First Aid Class will give you the confidence to handle home-based First Aid  from cuts and grazes, bleeding, burns, broken bones, accidental poisonings, febrile seizures, allergic reactions, childhood illnesses, unconsciousness,  choking and CPR, all of which are valuable skills.

Additionally, it will give you the information you need as a parent to understand hazards in the home, and how you can keep your family safe. 

Anyone can pick up at the very least the basics of first aid to cover the most common and severe incidents. This means that in just 2 hours’ worth of First Aid training can go towards saving not just a child’s life but anyone around you.

Daisy First Aid Bristol offer a wide range of classes.

Philippa run classes in local venues and private home classes for family and friends. Parents leave the classes feeling confident. As the classes take only 2 hours they can easily be fitted into your busy life.

She also runs Level 3 Paedriatric First Aid Qualification courses 6 and 12 hours for those working in childare.

There is also the new online downloadable course that covers all the usual face to face information, plus more ,while restrictions are in place during coronavirus.  You can then come along to a face to face practical class in the future if you wish.

For further information on all courses please visit the website which may be found by clicking here.


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