Would you know what to do if your child is choking? Having a seizure? Or got a nasty burn? When your child has a nosebleed should you tilt the head forward or backwards? I for one wouldn’t have known the answers to these questions before my first child was born. However I attended a free first aid course run by my local Sure Start Centre and now I feel a lot more confident.
Before the course I could have guessed at the the solution for a child choking, but I wouldn’t have known that how you deal with it depends on the age of a child. A choking baby under one needs different treatment to a child over one.
Unless you have had previous first aid training I would heartily recommend attending a course. I am glad we attended one, although I’m even more glad that we haven’t had to put anything we’ve learnt into practise yet. It’s worth checking your local sure Start Centre to see if they offer free first aid courses.
If not, you could always attend a paid session. There are numerous companies out there that run this. The Red Cross, which costs about £45 per 4 hour course, seems competitively priced and your money goes back into the charity. With the Red Cross you also have the option of making a group booking. This costs £360 for up to 15 people. This works out at better value, although you would need to find a venue. Another advantage of the group booking is that you would be in a group with friends and family.