Take A Baby First Aid Course: Why, How And Where?

Take A Baby First Aid Course: Why, How And Where?

Nobody likes to image the worst case scenario, especially when it comes to the wellbeing of their kids. But in an emergency situation, knowing how to respond quickly and appropriately can make all the difference. Taking a baby first aid course is so important for parents to consider.

Would you know what to do if your baby stopped breathing?

Would you know how to help, if your baby were choking on something?

These aren’t comfortable things to think about, but they are important questions. Knowing how to react could buy you vital time.

With smartphones in our pockets and the internet at our fingertips, it’s easy for us to become complacent and think that we can always learn things later. But in an emergency situation, there isn’t time to sit down and Google what to do. A baby first aid course teaches vital skills that could make all the difference in an emergency.

There are plenty of first aid courses aimed at parents, and specifically designed with people like you in mind. Lots of parents worry about how they would react if something went wrong. A first aid course will not only give you the knowledge, but also the confidence you need to react fast.

In a typical baby first aid course, there’ll be training on how to perform CPR on a baby, and how to stop a baby from choking. You will also learn about how to treat bumps to the head, as well as how to recognise when a trip to hospital is necessary. Each course is different, so it’s worth finding out about what a specific course entails before you book.

You’ll probably find that the course leader is happy to adapt the course to suit those taking it, so you can request information about other aspects of baby first aid if you wish.

How To Find A Baby First Aid Course

Ask your healthcare provider about recommended first aid courses. A quick Google search should give you details of courses offered in your area. Classes might be offered free of charge or there could be a small fee for attending.

The Red Cross websites provide online learning tools so you can master baby first aid without having to leave the comfort of your own home. There’s also some great first aid information on the St John’s Ambulance website.

In fact, there are plenty of online resources to help you become more confident in baby first aid. For example, check out this silly but important video that could save your baby’s life.

For hands on first aid courses:

  • Red Cross offers first aid training at various locations across Australia; you can search the available courses here.
  • British Red Cross offers baby first aid courses across the UK, and you can browse the available courses on their website.
  • If you are based in the US, check local Red Cross first aid courses here.

You might never need to use the skills you learn in the course, but having them will give you peace of mind, and let you sleep easily at night. As a parent, you already have so many things to worry about; taking a first aid course means you can cross one of those worries off your list.

Have you already taken a baby first aid course? If so, did it help to alleviate your worries about your child’s wellbeing?

Recommended Reading: Toddler Remains In A Coma After Choking On A Grape.


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Fiona Peacock is a writer, researcher and lover of all things to do with pregnancy, birth and motherhood (apart from the lack of sleep). She is a home birth advocate, passionate about gentle parenting and is also really tired.

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