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.