Baby First Aid Courses Should Be Compulsory

Now I’d survived the Parentcraft group, next up for me was a First Aid for Babies course. There was absolutely no point in J attending, after all working in A&E she has seen more than her fair share of injuries on both adults and children. I however, working in IT, would be looking for the CTRL-ALT-DEL button!

The last time I attended a first aid course was 18 years ago so thought it best to have a refresher at the very least. A basic understanding should mean that when J’s out and I’m left in charge, if anything does happen, I’m able to confidently deal with it – that’s the idea anyway!

First Aid Courses

Our local Children’s Centre, where we’ve just finished our ParentCraft courses, ran the First Aid course which was aimed at giving parents first aid training for babies under one year old. The course, which cost £22, covered;

  • Unconscious baby and child (breathing or not breathing)
  • Choking baby and child
  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • Raised temperatures
  • Meningitis
  • Baby first aid

    Baby first aid

    All in all, the course was well worth attending, but I was a bit surprised that I was the only bloke! As it was run in the afternoon I can understand that it could be inconvenient for most, as people prefer to take their holidays AFTER the newborn has arrived. However I never imaged out of the 10 people attending I would be the only male, I expected there to be 2 or 3 of us.

    It Should Be Compulsory

    Personally I think these Newborn First Aid Courses should be made compulsory for all first time parents. Any sane parent wouldn’t leave a child in a nursery without properly trained medical staff (now a legal requirement) so as a newborn spends more time at home than anywhere else, why wouldn’t you get trained yourself?

    Places on these courses do fill up quickly at local Childrens Centres and had that been the case for me, I would have opted for the British Red Cross First aid for baby and child course that covers roughly the same things.

    If you want any further advice or guidance, St Johns have a dedicated section on their website for First Aid For Parents including a poster showing 5 Ways To Save A Babys Life.

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    Parentcraft and Health Visitors

    Unable to make the NCT classes, as an alternative for the past 4 weeks we’ve been attending the local Parentcraft classes. The aim of Parentcraft is similar to NCT in that they equip parents-to-be with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills needed to ensure the physical, emotional and social development of the child.

    Our 4 sessions we’re conducted by a physiotherapists, midwife and two health visitors where we learned about everything from breathing techniques to breast-feeding and nearly everything else in-between.

    Its all about the shelves?!

    The Parentcraft session were nothing like what I’d expected, we weren’t all made to lie on the floor, yoga balls never made and appearance, no back and shoulder massaging took place and we didn’t meditate!

    The Parentcraft sessions offered realistic, practical guidance and advice on how survive the first few months of parenthood and between the initial 13 couples a few good Q&A sessions were had with banter.

    It never crossed our minds that a shelf was needed in the nursery so early on, but for some reason floating shelves from Argos seemed to be the talking point and banter of many.

    Some had put them up, others had bought them or were in the process of buying them and then there was us… We hadn’t even thought about them!

    *I now have a High Gloss 80cm Floating Shelf to put up 😀

    As the weeks of Parentcraft went by, it was obvious that couples were disappearing, not due to the course, but because of early arrivals. The first time it happened we were all happy and cheery but as time went by, this turned to reality and fear 🙂

    The most important teaching we picked up was that Every Baby Is Different. Friends and family will tell you what worked for them, but it doesn’t mean it will work for Pancake so it is often best to simply go with what you think is best.

    One point that was emphasised quite a lot related to the use of Cot Bumpers. 3 years ago cot bumpers were all the rage and thought to be hugely beneficial yet now the medical professionals are advising against using cot bumpers. It’s a continuously changing minefield!

    Health Visitor

    Yesterday we had our health visitor call round and to be quite honest it wasn’t quite what we expected. I have no idea why, but we thought she’d want to check the house from top to bottom to make sure it was in a child friendly state, but it turns out this initial meeting was just to introduce herself and make sure we weren’t some raving crack pots.

    The days leading up to our health visitor calling round, I was building furniture in the nursery left, right and centre and up and down in the loft like a Yo-Yo tidying up as much as possible.

    Our hall, stairs and landing are being decorated. New paper, paint, spindles & banister, new flooring and new under stair cupboards being built so even at it’s best, the house is in a bit of a dusty tip now. Luckily our Health Visitor was the slightest bit perturbed as I guess it’s what many couples do – preparing the nest.

    After chatting and finding out that J fixed little ones for a living, I think she left safe in the knowledge that everything was looking good. I think the next time we see her will be 2 or 3 weeks after Pancake arrives and guess the next visit may be a bit more in-depth, wanting to check the nursery layout, offering advice etc.

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