Paediatric First Aid Tips for New Parents

Becoming a new parent (especially for the first time) – can be incredibly daunting.  There’s so much to think about!  That’s why we have paediatric first aid courses – to keep your mind at ease at this already stressful time.  We have put together some handy first aid for kids tips below, in case you want to give yourself a head start.

Is your Baby Choking?

Because babies explore using their mouths – it does mean that there is a likelihood that they could choke.  When your baby is newborn it is most likely that this could be from milk that has curdled – but as they get older, things can definitely be a little more hazardous.

If your baby is choking and is not breathing – here are some steps to follow:

  1. Give your baby up to 5 back blows. Your baby should be held face down along your thigh, and their head should be lower than their bottom. You can then hit them on their back with firm pressure up to 5 times in-between their shoulder blades.
  2. If this doesn’t dislodge what they are choking on – it’s advised to give them chest thrusts up to 5 times. To do this, your baby should be facing upwards – and you should be placing 2 fingers on their chest between the arms and sharply press down 1/3 depth of chest.
  3. If those 2 steps fail, and they are unresponsive call EMS and begin CPR.

What is a Febrile Seizure?

Around 2 thirds of parents have stated that they don’t know what a febrile seizure is, and wouldn’t know how to treat one. These are fairly common in babies, and can be caused by fevers or high temperatures.  It usually occurs in babies and infants as the part of their brain that controls temperature is still developing.  There are some signs to look out for which can include; clenched fists, red face, arched back, hot when you touch them, and a stiffened body.  If you do suspect your baby is having a febrile seizure – here are some steps to follow:

  1. Make sure their head is protected from harm.
  2. Make sure there is some cool, fresh air in the room and take off their outer clothing to cool them down.
  3. Once the seizure is over, place your baby into the infant recovery position. If you are still concerned, or if your baby continues to have what you suspect as seizures – seek medical advice.

These are just a couple of the things that we cover in our paediatric first aid courses to make sure that anything we have suggested above is administered correctly, but you can expect to learn lots more including what to do with burns and scalds, poisoning, managing bleeding and other effective techniques. Although it’s easy for us to say of course – an important part of administering first aid on children is keeping calm.  If you are wary at all about having a little one when it comes to any of these things, make sure you book our next paediatric first aid course online, or feel free to contact us with any queries.