It’s truly surprising how many people never learn basic first aid procedures, including how to take a pulse, staunch bleeding, clean and disinfect a wound, treat burns, deliver CPR, and perform the Heimlich maneuver (amongst other things). This could be because people have no idea how often accidents actually occur in the home. Or maybe they’d rather rely on the pros to save a life. But knowing basic first aid can be invaluable in an emergency situation when every second counts, increasing the odds of survival exponentially. And when you have kids in the house you don’t want to have to sit by idly as they bleed, choke, or asphyxiate while you wait for the paramedics to show up. So here are just a few benefits of learning first aid, especially of the pediatric variety, that you may not have considered.

Immediate response. While your local emergency response time may be stellar, you’re probably going to have to wait at least a couple of minutes for help to arrive after you call 911 (if not longer), and that can seem like a lifetime when a child is unconscious, choking, or otherwise in need of medical assistance. When you take the time to get first aid training you should be able to take steps to help your child until the paramedics or other professionals arrive on scene. This could make the difference between life and death.
Spot potential hazards. When you’re trained to address common medical emergencies that can befall children, you’ll start to spot potential risks around the home. This can help you to anticipate accidents and stave them off by implementing rules and installing safety devices. Most parents already address known issues like locking away poisonous materials and installing gates around pool areas, just for example. But when you become aware of the many ways in which children can be harmed you’ll go above and beyond to make your home safer.
Prevent further injury. Parents that know little to nothing about pediatric first aid may make a terrible mistake during an emergency that could end up causing additional harm. Suppose, for example, that you’re in a car accident or your child takes a tumble from an upper-story window. With appropriate first aid training you’ll know not to move your child until paramedics arrive since it could increase trauma and lead to further injury.
Targeted training. In case you didn’t know, kids and adults require different care when it comes to first aid. By taking specific courses in pediatric first aid you’ll learn the proper techniques for offering medical assistance to children, such as covering their mouth and nose during CPR instead of pinching their nose with your fingers.
Peace of mind. There’s nothing better than knowing that you could assist your kids and potentially even save their lives in the case of an emergency. Even American or Australia wide first aid cannot respond as fast as someone who is present at the time of an accident. And the peace of mind you’ll get from having the ability to treat your children until paramedics arrive is worth every minute spent in a training course.

Why are head injuries always in a difficult place?

You put on a fabulous looking bandage, make it look tidy, even tuck in the end of the roll so they don’t have bunny ears sticking out then…. they turn their head, scratch an ear and up it slides to look like a ridiculous tea cosy that’s about as much use as a chocolate fire-guard !

Its lucky im not soft or I would cry every time the A&E staff laugh at me…

There is a lot to be said for using a triangular bandage instead….


I have been involved with First Aid since I was about 11 years old when I was a St Johns Ambulance Cadet, I suppose it was fate that I would become a Paramedic !

Fate is a funny thing and with some of the things I have seen over the last five years fate and karma have a cracking sense of humour.

So life up til now: I own a training company called First Aid Training Excellence, I own a small first aid supplies company, welcome to the website, im a State Registered Paramedic with the North West Ambulance Service, I have developed a sick sense of humour, I hate Cancer (as in the disease), I hate jobs involving poorly kids, nasty drunks, anything that smells horrid (including drunks).

I love jobs involving cuddly old people, Happy batty folk and those where I can make a difference and preferably finish on time.

So even though no-one may ever read my rantings or tales of fun I will endeavour to blog whenever something interesting happens, feel free to join in