Mini First Aid

Would you know what to do if your child burnt their hand? 
Know how to deal with a choking baby?
Do you know how to clean up and dress a grazed knee?

My answer to all of these at the beginning of this year would have been no! So I decided that it was worthwhile finding out whether I could attend a first aid course to learn the basics should anything happen to the little one.

I was happily surprised to find that Mini First Aid run courses specifically for parents in my area and swiftly booked onto the course run by Alex Harrison.  Mini First Aid cover regions across the country; find your local class here

The Mini First Aid courses are two hours long and if you have a little one (pre-crawling) you can take the baba along with you.. a perfect opportunity to get out of the house in the first few months of being a parent to learn something very worthwhile. 

During the session you can expect to cover things like burns, resuscitation and CPR, choking, recovery positions, head injuries, seizures and shock. The course goes at pace to cover all of these topics but to help remember all the information I was given a booklet with the key points to have a read through afterwards and actually, now that I'm writing this post I think when I get a couple of minutes I'm going to have another look over it just to keep it all fresh in my mind.

Aria was around 4 months when I went on the course and I'd started to think about weaning so I went with the expectation of learning about how to deal with a potential chocking incident; however I came away with so much additional knowledge covering situations I'd not really ever thought about.. hopefully I'll never have to use any of the stuff I learnt but really I feel a lot more prepared if the worse should happen. 

Alex, the course leader for the Sheffield region, has 20 year's experience of working as a nurse in paediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care both here in the UK and Australia; I loved the way she delivered the course with enthusiasm, thoroughness and humour at various points throughout. Her having experience of being a nurse made me feel confident that I was being taught the right way to do things and that her knowledge was up to date.

The course left me feeling a lot more confident when looking after Aria day to day; so much so that I then booked Johno onto it a couple of months later. He was a bit panicky about Baby Led Weaning to begin with so having a professional explain to him how to deal with choking really helped settle his nerves. Before he went on the course mealtimes weren't his favourite time of the day but after the two hour session he was a changed man as he was equip with the knowledge of what to do should Aria choke (which she never has up to now thankfully!)

If you're a parent, babysitter, grandparent or know someone who's about to have a baby then I'd recommend looking at signing up for a class.

Classes start at £20 and Mini First Aid also offer Mini First Aid Kids for children too.

Have you been on a first aid course recently? 
Have you ever had to put your training to use?



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