With active little ones at home, accidents can so easily happen and without good First Aid Training, Parents and Guardians can be unaware of how to handle the situation. We spoke to Mel Barker- Levey, Sales & Marketing Manager at SST Worldwide, who offer Dubai based parents and caregivers First Aid Training. Below are her top tips for Parents to keep your children safe.
Practise makes Permanent
Hands on, practical training in a classroom will ensure poeple remember what to do in an emergency situation. "Practice makes PERMANENT" is what we say, as first aid isn’t about being perfect, it’s about immediate care to prevent further injury and to sustain life.
Supervision and Prevention
Children generally need first aid because they get hurt from some form of play, not because they are suffering from a medical emergency like adults. A supervised child is one that will be safer as they are not always aware of the dangers of the decisions they make.
First Aid Kit
A well stocked First Aid Kit should always be kept within easy reach. All the normal basics should be located in one place as opposed to a cupboard full of items, so, in an emergency things are easy to access. All adults in the house should be aware of where this in, in case of an emergency. If anyone in your family has an severe allergic reaction to anything and has an EpiPen, ensure this is kept in in a well known spot too.
Set Clear Rules and Guidelines
This can be done as you supervise your child's play, to encourage playing safe in the environment. On the playground, teach them to use the equipment as it is meant to be used. In the water - Pool: ensure they know the rules and deep areas of the pool, Beach: being aware of currents and waves. During sport; make sure they know where the designated safety equipment is kept.
Have a Plan
Be aware of where your nearerst A&E Department is and how to get there. Ensure any caregivers including helpers and school are aware of who to contact in an emergency.
First Aid Certificates last for 2 years, so if you feel a course would be beneficial to you or someone in your family, please contact Mel from SST Worldwide.