I attended a Baby & Child first aid class

baby and child first aid
Since having Phoebe worrying about her health and well being, is always at the forefront of my mind. So when one of my lovely mummy friends asked if I wanted to attend a baby and child first aid class with her, of course I said yes.


The class was run by Ladybird First Aid, and our instructor was Rachel. When we arrived Rachel had set out all the dummy babies and began by talking us through the basics of CPR. We learnt the steps of resuscitation, and the importance of knowing what to look for, and do if your baby or child is unconscious or not breathing or both. Did you know that it only takes 3 minutes for the brain cells to start to die?!

baby and child first aid
Rachel said that a lot of parents worry that they'll harm the baby/child by braking ribs etc, but a few broken ribs are much better than not doing it correctly. After we got to have a go on the dummy babies ourselves and I'm not going to lie, it was hard bloody work!!! But if the worst was to happen and Phoebe wasn't breathing, Rachel said my adrenaline would kick in and it wouldn't seem as hard.


everyone had heard of grapes being a choking hazard, but I'd never have thought tomatoes could be dangerous!


She also explained that by doing the sequence of cpr until the emergency services arrived, it can and will help prolong life.
baby and child first aid
baby and child first aid
Next we moved onto Choking. We learnt that there are so many things a baby could choke on, from household objects, to grapes and even cherry tomatoes. I was shocked by the tomatoes, everyone had heard of grapes being a choking hazard, but I'd never have thought tomatoes could be dangerous.

After we where shown how to hold the baby if they where choking and how to gently but firmly give them chest thrusts and back blows, to bring the swallowed item up and out of the airways. I really found this part interesting as I feel if anything was to happen it would be a choking issue, as Phoebe is obsessed with putting everything in her mouth atm.
baby and child first aid
baby and child first aid
baby and child first aid
Plus at the end of the class Rachel put on a choking vest, which gave us all a safe way to practice the abdominal thrusts and back blows. Again this was actually really hard work! But I'm soo happy I got to have a go, as now I feel like I'm much more better prepared... if anything was to happen.


I really can't recommend a baby and child first aid training class more.


We then discussed things from burns to trapped fingers, even drowning. Clearly we could have discussed potential hazards for hours...
baby and child first aid
A few years ago I did a course while I was at work and I learnt the standard first aid practices, but I've taken so much more from this class, and I've really come away with a lot of very useful information. Plus I feel that it's far more personal now because I'm a mother, so I know I'll remember more this time round.

I'm not going to list the any of the steps of the training here, as I don't want to write anything down incorrectly. But I really can't recommend a baby and child first aid training class more.

baby and child first aid
Here's Rachel's facebook page if you want to book in with her, https://www.facebook.com/ladybirdfirstaid/

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