Would you know what to do if your child ate a washing tablet or scalded themselves?
It might seem too scary to contemplate, but if a situation requiring first aid occurs, as a parent you may well be the first person available to make the right call.
The British Red Cross is a brilliant source of reliable and convenient first aid advice, written in an easy to follow way, and all organised in one place on the new Rapped Up website.
On those pages, you can find plenty of first aid advice when you need it, and also work to improve your first aid knowledge in a variety of ways. The aim of the site is to be ‘informative, educational and empowering’ for this essential life skill for every parent to assist in a first aid emergency involving babies and children.
The British Red Cross’s research shows us that first aid is rated as one of the top skills parents wish they’d learnt before having a baby, but it’s never too late. The British Red Cross run paediatric first aid classes up and down the country, and it takes just a couple of evenings.
I’ve just booked myself onto a course later this month and it only cost £45 including VAT.
The Baby and Child First-Aid App
Of course, whether you’re trained in first aid or not, it makes sense to have crucial advice ready to hand for whenever you need it.
This is where the FREE British Red Cross Baby and Child First-Aid App comes in. It’s packed with advice on the most common medical emergencies, and you can find answers in a couple of taps.
Click on a condition and then read through the steps – in many cases, there is then a Q&A section, where you can get answers to any additional concerns you’re likely to have.
A British Red Cross spokesperson explains:
“Parents and carers: help is at hand. If your child chokes on a sweet or suffers a nasty cut, you’ll only be a few clicks away from knowing exactly what to do. This free app is packed with useful videos, animations and tips. It provides simple and easy advice, and each skill only takes minutes to learn. You can test your knowledge using the built in first aid quizzes. There is also a handy device to record your child’s medication needs and any allergies.”
The quiz function is a great tool to play with while you’re waiting in the school playground or on the bus.
It gives you a set of questions, based on the information provided elsewhere in the app.
The quizzes are short – fewer than half a dozen questions per topic – and at the end you get feedback on which areas you got wrong. Over time, that really starts to sink in, ready to recall should you ever need it.
There have probably been dozens of occasions this year where the kids have been unwell and I’ve consulted Mr Google, only to get bogged down in a confusing mix of expert advice, third hand ‘my doctors says’ posts and hysterical forum threads. Having proper medical advice in our hands immediately when we need it is brilliant.
The first time Miss J had a croup attack was utterly terrifying. We’d never seen one before, we didn’t know what to do and it was the middle of the night. Using the app, I’ve noticed that it’s one of the first conditions listed, and the advice is exactly the same as that given to us by our doctors.
It’s a great tool to have, and I’ve recommended that the kids’ grandparents and carers download it too.
The #RappedUp video series
To help communicate the importance of first aid knowledge to parents of young children, the British Red Cross has produced a series of quirky ‘baby rap’ video videos.
In the first video, little ones tackle what to do in the event of poisoning.
A British Red Cross spokesperson explains:
“This campaign aims to make first aid really easy to learn and accessible. The video takes just 50 seconds to watch – they’re fun, they’re in a music video style – and we hope that makes them very shareable online to help get the information out there. We also have a free first aid app on baby and child first aid.
We decided to cover some skills that parents might be less familiar with, but are very important, so the videos cover poisoning, febrile seizures and burns.
Our first video is on poisoning – around 21,493 children a year end up in A&E after swallowing a harmful substance.
We know that babies and children are likely to have incidents or accidents – our previous research shows around 70% of children will take a trip to A&E at some point – so we want to support parents so they know want to do, and most importantly feel confident enough to take action.”
Eye opening stuff, isn’t it? And so, so important.
Get your free baby & child first aid app now. Visit the British Red Cross ‘Rapped Up’ website now.
More useful links:
- British Red Cross on Twitter @britishredcross
- British Red Cross on Facebook
- Baby and Children First-Aid app on the Apple App Store
- Baby and Children First-Aid app on Google Play
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