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First Aid Kits For Kids

First Aid Kits For Kids

A first Aid Kits for Kids are a great way for them to be prepared for simple mishaps with friends. Little cuts and grazes can be treated and cleaned, at times they likely to be in a position they have items that an adult doesn’t necessarily have with them. I encourage my daughter to carry a simple first aid kit and she will ask for simple items, usually plasters and antiseptic wipes to be replaced. This is often after she has helped a friend who has fallen themselves and grazed a knees, which she has then cleaned.

This doesn’t need to be complex. It can be as simple as a few plasters, antiseptic wipes, a few small dressings and a mouth cover to be used for CPR. Even if the child can’t perform CPR they  should carry this item. Sadly if a parent or adults, needs to perform CPR it is likely they won’t have this item. It is good for children to be prepared. First Aid For Kids Is Important.

First Aid For Children

First Aid For Kids, Essential Skills

First Aid For Children

First Aid for children is an important subject for children to learn. It doesn’t matter whether the children are involved with bushcraft, nature, outdoors activities or some other activity, First Aid is essential for all children. I hate to type these words but by other activities I mean a tablet, games console, computer or TV. It is something I am passionate about and believe that all children should be taught it as part of the National Curriculum in schools. Doing this I believe it fulfills one of the necessities of First Aid For Children. That is continuity.

Continuity In Teaching First Aid For Kids.

Having a course that lasts a day, a week  or a month is better than nothing. But teaching and enabling practice regularly throughout school means the child will have the skills become natural an automatic response to a given situation. The child will develop and be able to learn new skills when they have mastered the previous. The following is adapted from a system used by the UK Scouting Association, it is a great framework which progresses and builds on the previous level. The early levels start with the basics of what an emergency is, how to get help, reassurance and ensuring their safety and that of the patient.

As with so many other activities people will use the argument that children are too young. Using a system like this gives the child skills  that not only could save a life but gives them confidence and a great platform for them to develop first aid skills from.

It is also good for children to carry a small,  first aid kit.

First Aid For Children – Early Years First Aid.

Moving from one stage to another is nothing to do with age. It is about the young person being comfortable and able to complete the various levels competently before moving to the next level. This model is based on the system used by the scouting association. However the difference is that rather than educating children on short courses each year the training should be continuous. So that it is a natural progression for a child and is a natural life skill. The ideal place for this to start and run is in the schooling system as part of the National Curricullum. This is not the case and few schools teach first aid especially in Primary school. This is something we need to encourage. First Aid saves lives. Everyone needs these skills.

• The importance of getting help

It is important that children start at an early age to understand the importance of getting help at the earliest opportunity whilst keeping themselves and the casualty safe.

• Understand what the emergency services are and their individual roles

Police – Crime, Public Safety, lost people.

Ambulance – Illness and Sickness.

Fire Rescue – Fire rescue from Cars and Emergency Situations.

• What to say when you call 999.

The process of calling 999 and what information they will have to give to the operator.

• Reassurance of a patient.

How a can reassure a patient. Concealing wounds and conversation. This could be a victim of an accident or an ill person.

• Helping someone who is unconscious.

What to do to help and ensure an unconscious is safe whilst help arrives

• Helping someone who is bleeding

Learning about minor cuts and when to apply pressure and raise a limb. Whilst making a patient as comfortable.

• Reassuring someone at the scene of an emergency.

 

First Aid For Children – stage 2

• Show they are competent at the previous level.

Ability to help a patient who:

• is unconscious.

Knowing how to put a patient in the recovery position, when and why you need to use it.

• Bleeding able to demonstrate how to stop bleeding, clean a wound and apply a dressing.

• How to treat a burn. Using cold water to treat a burn and wht tempory dressings to use.

• How to help someone having an asthma attack.

 

 

First Aid For Children – Level 3

At this level, the training starts to become more complex and will take a minimum of three hours training. The young person will learn and show competency in more situations and apply the relevant first Aid Techniques.

•  Show competency in all the areas in the previous levels.Explain and demonstrate how to deal with a patient in the following situations:

• An unconscious casualty

• An unconscious patient who is not breathing

• Patient with various types of bleeding wounds.

How to stop bleeding and give the necessary treatment.

• A patient who has a burn.

How to assess a burn and provide the necessary First Aid Treatment and Care.

• A patient has Hyperthermia or Hypothermia.

How to recognise the symptoms and give the necessary treatment

• is choking.

How to treat patients of various ages who are choking/ have obstruction in their air way.

• is having an asthma attack.

Learn to recognise the symptoms and communicate with a patient go help them self-medicate or get the necessary help.

 

First Aid For Children – Level 4

At this level, the child will need at least four hours training. However, this is a minimum and the training should be continued until the child is competent.

•  Show competency in all the previous levels.

 Explain and demonstrate how to deal with a patient in the following situations:

• An unconscious casualty

• An unconscious patient who is not breathing

• Patient with various types of bleeding wounds.

• How to stop bleeding and give the necessary treatment.

• A patient who has a burn.

How to assess a burn and provide the necessary First Aid Treatment and Care.

• A patient has Hyperthermia or Hypothermia.

How to recognise the symptoms and give the necessary treatment

• A patient is choking.

How to treat patients of various ages who are choking/ have obstruction in their air way.

• A patient is having an asthma attack.

Learn to recognise the symptoms and communicate with a patient go help them self-medicate or get the necessary help.

• A patient having a heart attack.

Show they know how to recognise the symptoms a person may show who is suffering from a heart attack and how to treat them.

• A patient with a head injury.

How to recognise a patient has a head injury and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help.

• A Patient suspected of having a broken bone.

How to recognise a patient has a suspected broken bone and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help.

• A Patient has a suspected sprain or strain

How to recognise a patient has a suspected sprain or strain and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help.

• A patient has suspected meningitis.

How to recognise a patient has a suspected menigitis and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help

 

First Aid For Children – stage 5

At this level, the child will need at least six hours training. However, this is a minimum and the training should be continued until the child is competent.

 Explain how you help someone who:

• Explain and demonstrate how to deal with a patient in the following situations:

• An unconscious casualty

• An unconscious patient who is not breathing

• Patient with various types of bleeding wounds.

How to stop bleeding and give the necessary treatment.

• A patient who has a burn.

How to assess a burn and provide the necessary First Aid Treatment and Care.

• A patient has heat Hyperthermia or Hypothermia.

How to recognise the symptoms and give the necessary treatment

• A patient is choking.

How to treat patients of various ages who are choking/ have obstruction in their air way.

• A patient is having an asthma attack.

Learn to recognise the symptoms and communicate with a patient go help them self-medicate or get the necessary help.

• A patient having a heart attack.

Show they know how to recognise the symptoms a person may show who is suffering from a heart attack and how to treat them.

• A patient with a head injury.

How to recognise a patient has a head injury and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help.

• A patient suspected of having a broken bone.

How to recognise a patient has a suspected broken bone and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help.

• A patient has a suspected sprain or strain

How to recognise a patient has a suspected sprain or strain and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help.

• A patient has suspected meningitis.

How to recognise a patient is suspected of having menigitis and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help

• A patient is suspected of having a stroke

How to recognise a patient is suspected of having a stroke and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help

• A patient is experiencing  a diabetic emergency

How to recognise a patient is having a hyperglycemic or hypoglycemic emergency and how to treat it until help arrives.

• A patient is suspected of having a severe allergic reaction

How to recognise a patient is suspected of having a severe allergic reaction and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help

• A Patient suspected of having a seizure.

How to recognise a patient is suspected of having a siezure and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help

 

First Aid For Kids In Emergencies

First Aid For Kids, Essential Skills

First Aid For Kids

First Aid For Kids, Essential Skills

First Aid For Kids, Essential Skills

 

It doesn’t matter whether your child takes part in bushcraft activities, enjoys nature, being outdoors or any other activities, your child needs to know what to do in an emergency. First Aid for Kids is Essential. I don’t believe you can start to early teaching you child, what action they can and should take in an emergency and basic first aid.

It is a shame that this isn’t covered within the National Curricullum in schools. First Aid for Kids is a set of skills that not only benefits the child. They can be beneficial to friends, family even the general public in general

Getting Started with First Aid For Kids

There are a variety of areas you need to start teaching your child about.

  • Telephone, at an early age children need to know how to use a telephone. This doesn’t mean they need a telephone just how to use it. Firstly learning an emergency contact number for someone they can call at any time. Even if they get lost in town. Secondly Calling Emergency Services.
  • First Aid Skills. All first aid needs to be taught at a time that is age appropriate. This varies from child to child but can be started from about 5 to 6 years old. Starting with safety for themselves and the casualty, getting help, cuts and cleaning wounds and reassuring a casualty.

Moving on from this varies from child to child. But once they get to grips with on item they can move on to the next. It starts with very simple task that can the be built on.

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First Aid For Kids Emergency Phone Number

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Bushcraft For Kids

First Aid For Kids is important. You can’t start learning to early.

Many skills they can learn like reassuring a casualty children generally pick up very quickly, especially when you tell them they can talk to someone about anything. Just keep them talking. It is a good skill for children to learn for life in general as they learn to build conversations, as they learn about open and closed questions.

A great way to do this is through games.

  1. Yes/No Game. the child has to make you or each other say, yes or no by asking question.
  2. A reversal of the Yes/No Game. Choose a topic and the child has to ask questions. But they cant be answered “Yes” or “No”

As they child get older they can go on courses or parents can go on regular courses and pass the knowledge on to the child in bite size segments. When the child is old enough and is at a level to do a full course it can be done by all the family together. Alternatively Scouting groups run a badge scheme that offers an incremental system that is age appropriate. This system starts with the basics and move onto more advanced First Aid techniques. This scheme also covers outdoor First Aid including Hyperthermia and Hypothermia.

There is more information about this else where on Bushcraft For Kids