Have you ever done a first aid course? If you’re a parent, can I please urge you to do one!
I say this with a little guilt brewing because I’ve been a mum for 6 years and I’ve only just gotten around to it, but it really is so important. Now I’ve been, I just can’t imagine why I didn’t do it before.
15 reasons you should do a first aid course
- Kids are always bumping into and falling off things – one day it might be serious
- You’re the parent – if something goes wrong, they’ll be looking to you
- Everyone else might be assuming “someone else” will know what to do
- You can’t watch kids 24/7
- Even if you could watch them 24/7, that doesn’t stop them getting hurt
- There is no time to waste in an emergency – you need to be “on it” straight away
- You don’t want to live with regrets
- You could save someone’s life
- A few pounds and a couple of hours for a class is nothing compared to the price of someone’s life
- The training is not as not as daunting as it seems
- If everyone knew how to do it, the world would be a safer place
- You never know when you’re going to need the information
- You could be somebody’s only hope
- Better safe than sorry
- It’s comforting to know that you’re prepared
Daisy First Aid Course
Today, I went to a parents’ first aid course run by Daisy First Aid. It’s one of those things that has always been on my ‘to do’ list for ages (years!) so when the opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance.
The course is specifically designed with parents in mind and covers basic first aid training as well as common childhood injuries and illnesses. We discussed things such as:
- Treatment of an unconscious casualty
- Resuscitation & CPR
- Febrile Seizures
In each case, we were told what to look out for and how to help. The tutor was clear and precise so that we would know exactly what to do in each situation. We were also given the opportunity to practise bandaging a wound, using an epi-pen and delivering CPR.
I was shocked how tiring it was to administer the CPR – it really takes a lot strength and stamina. But it confirmed to me how important it was to go to the first aid course – better to discover this now, rather than in an actual emergency!
The great thing about Daisy First Aid is that they bring both adult-sized and baby-sized dummies to work with. They also talk about the different techniques needed for younger children. The whole class is specifically designed to equip parents and carers with the knowledge they need to react effectively in an emergency situation.
Booking A Course
Daisy First Aid have tutors up and down the country, and I can’t urge you enough to get in contact with them. They will be able to inform you of upcoming sessions, or you can book your own; all you need is a minimum of 4 participants, and the tutors will come and deliver the course at a location convenient to you. It costs just £25 per person and lasts 2 hours.
Our tutor, Cathy, was so easy to listen to. She used to work for the police and had plenty of examples where she’d had to use this training for real. She was confident and clear, and it really made you feel, “Yes I can do this. I can make a difference.”
After the first aid course was over, I bought one of their first aid kits. It includes all the usual dressings and bandages, as well as a handy booklet and even bravery stickers, which I thought was a nice touch.
I feel much more confident now, and I plan to keep reading through the notes I took so that the information stays fresh in my mind.
I hope I never have to use this training, but at least I know I’m ready if the unimaginable ever does happen in our family…
Disclaimer: I was attended the first aid course for free for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. For more info, check out my disclosure policy