An increasing number of parents are taking first aid courses aimed at babies and children. These courses are available in an increasing number of cities and towns to help new and prospective parents deal with anxiety about how they will react to an illness or accident experienced by their little one. However, these course are not specifically designed for parents and indeed many members of the public, family members, babysitters and health professionals are taking these courses to help them prepare for the possibility of being the first person at hand to deal with a medical emergency concerning a very young life.
Baby and child first aid courses – National
So what does a first aid course for chldren and babies entail?
Well the first thing to remember is that many of the precautions and procedures that are relevant to dealing with a medical emergency in an adult also apply when dealing with a child or baby. However because babies bodies are so much more vulnerable there are subtle differences when applying CPR to a baby compared to applying the same techniques to an adult. Also there are many illnesses and reactions that are specific to or more likely to occur in children that adults, for example measles, mumps and chickenpox.
It is also important to remember that very young children and babies are not able to express or explain the symptoms of their illness, therefore it is far more likely that you will have to employ the support of a medical professonal as quickly as possible to ensure everything is being done to support the well-being of the child and find out the root cause of the problem.
Providers – National
British Red Cross – The British Red Cross provide training in first aid for babies and children in various locations across the country. Theirs is a four hour course that covers how to handle front line medical emergencies such as choking, bleeding and burns; it also provides information on how to recognise symptoms of childhood illnesses such as meningitis and whooping cough.
If you would like to book a place on one of their baby and child first aid courses then phone the British Red Cross on: 0845 527 7743.
NCT baby first aid course – The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) are a national charity that raise awareness of all matteers surrounding pregnancy, birth and raising children. Their training courses, which are endorsed by the British Red Cross, are a popular choice for expectant and new pafrents because of the relaxed, informal nature of their classes.
Contact the NCT to book your place on a baby and child first aid course by phone on: 0300 330 0700.
The St. John Ambulance baby first aid course – Another popular provider of these courses is the St. John Ambulance. Their baby and child first aid course provides a run-down of potential medical issues that could be faced by your baby or young child and then shows you how to deal with it and suggests when you should call for an ambulance take your child to the doctors, or take othe rmedical precautions. At three hours their course is a bit shorter than the other course providers.
For more information on their courses phone the St. John Ambulance training course enquiries line on: 0844 770 4800.
Providers – Regional
NDFA are a First Aid training course provider. Their Paediatric course is available to teachers, childminders and creche leaders for £90, it is also suited to parents. Class sizes are at least 16 and the course lasts for either 6 hours or 12, depending on your requirements.
Contact NDFA to book your place on their paediatric first aid course by phoning: 028 9122 8101.
AD First Aid Training – There is a dearth of Birmingham businesses providing baby first aid courses, instead residents of Birmingham have to choose one of the national providers such as the British Red Cross Society if they want to do their training within Birmingham. However for thsoe who are willing to travel Sd First Aid Training is a good choice. Based in Sutton Coldfield, about 8 miles north of Birmingham, Ad First Aid training caters for the needs of new parents and other family members of newborn babies, giving them the confidence that they will know what the appropriate action is in the case of a medical emergency.
If you would like to join one of their baby first aid courses then phone Anne Davies on: 07912 062811.
Kallikids – Kallikids are a Bristol based company specialising in training courses for parents and for children they offer funding, encouragement and awards to encourage participation in sports and other activities. They do a baby first aid course, which they call the Mini First Aid course, covering how to deal with burns, choking seizures and other medical emergencies. Locations across Bristol include: Cribbs Causeway, Bedminster, Portishead, and Hanham. At £20 this is a very cheap class.
Contact Kallikids on: 01273 507103
Frenchay First Aid – The word – or place name – Frenchay is synonymous with healthcare in Bristol. Although building started in 1935, the American Army did a lot of the construction when they were stationed in the South-west during WW2, so they could use it to mend troops injured in the theatre of war in Western Europe. They later gifted the hospital back to Bristol after the war ended, with the NHS taking over the hospital upon their foundation in 1948. Patients continued to be treated at the hospital until the hospital’s closure in 2014. Frenchay First Aid have no affiliation to the old hospital but the continue the tradition of health care provision related to the Frenchay village suburb of Bristol. The company is run by Ron Thomas, a member of the Society for Education and Training his First Aid courses are expertly taught and are some of the most comprehensive courses advertised on this page.
Contact Frenchay First Aid to book your course on: 0770 3965 700.
St. John’s Wales – St. John Wales, the equivalent of the St. John’s Ambulance in England, are the main providers of First Aid courses across Wales and they have a particularly strong presence in Cardiff – the capital of Wales. All their teachers are fully qualified to cover all aspects of the syllabus which includes: burns and scalds, CPR, choking, fever, poisons and head injuries.
Book your place on a course by phoning their General enquiries number on: 029 2044 9600.
St. Andrews First Aid – St. Andrews First Aid are the Scottish equivalent of the St. Johns Ambulance, like the St john’s ambulance they provide first aid training, including Baby and Child First Aid courses. Alongside the capital they provide these courses in various Scottish cities, including Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee. Courses are provided in the workplace for healthcare professionals and training centres for members of the general public.
Book a place on one of their courses by phoning: 0300 4 666 999.
Wavertree Childwall and Woolton Children’s Centre – First Aid for children courses are provided in this children’s centre alongsie other courses such as baby massage, sing and sign and even baby yoga. The First Aid course is pitched at parents, primary caregivers and grandparents and includes training in giving CPR to minors.
Contact them on: 0151 233 5733.
Daisy First Aid – Daisy First Aid are a First Aid training course provider with Baby first aid classes dotted around Central and Greater London. Daisy first aid is actually a franchise with individual tutors usually teaching their classes from their homes, each class lasting two hours, six classes in total. Each of the teachers is well qualified and first aid kits, certificates, and first aid books will be provided by them when you complete your course.
Book your place on a daisy first aid course for babies and children by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bumbs + Bashes – This company was founded in 2009 when its owner, Kate naylor a mother of two young children, noticed that there was a shortage of baby first aid classes that catered for parents of young children. At the time almost all the paediatric first aid courses were pitched at the level of people who were already healthcare professionals. Kate realised that these courses were not suitable for people who do not have a medical background or knowledge, so she decided to create tmore accessible classes for the families of babies and very young children.
If you would like to book a place on a bumps + bashes course then email: email@example.com