Your First Aid Kit List for Winter

Your First Aid Kit List for Winter / Kids First Aid

Safety challenges

We tend to think of the winter months as a period of hibernation where we prefer to stay indoors. And while that’s true, we still like to be out and about and with that comes a few safety challenges for you and your family, especially your little ones. So it’s wise to stay vigilant. This is why we have prepared your first aid kit list for winter.

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What you can expect to learn in an Online First Aid Course

What you can expect to learn in an Online First Aid Course / Kids First Aid

A parent’s love

We are hardwired to protect our young. That goes without saying. However, we often don’t think about what we would do if our little one’s life was on the line. Would you know what to do, depending on the circumstances? It could be hugely beneficial to find out what you can expect to learn in an online first aid course.

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Why doing first aid training with a paramedic makes a difference

Why doing first aid training with a paramedic makes a difference / First Aid Training / Kids First Aid

Knowing what to do in an emergency situation with your child can be reassuring when you know the basics of first aid. So when it comes to the wellbeing and care of our children, learning from a paramedic who does this every day and has a wealth of knowledge can be even more empowering. They have years of experience and secondly, they’re often parents themselves. That’s two powerful reasons why doing first aid training with a paramedic makes a difference.

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Snake bite first aid and other nasties in Australia

Snake bite first aid and other nasties in Australia / Kids First Aid

 

Dangerous ground

Australia is a country where everyone loves to be outdoors. But we are also a nation which has some of the most venomous snakes in the world. That’s why it pays to know about snake bite first aid and other nasties when it comes to protecting your children and loved ones from danger.

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What you need to know about baby first aid

What you need to know about baby first aid / Kids First Aid

It is always tragic to hear about a baby or child who has died because of a choking accident, but unfortunately they are all too common in Australia.

As a parent, there is something you can do to protect your family against such a terrible event. You can learn about saving your infant should such an incident like choking occur with a baby first aid course.

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Top 5 Kids Injuries In Summer

Summer is usually the happiest time of year for Australian families. It’s a time when we enjoy extended holidays and sun-soaked Christmas celebrations, long days at the beach and barbecues with friends.

However, sunny days spent outside in the backyard or on the sand can mean injuries are more commonplace.

We’ve had a look at some of the most common injuries parents should be aware of this summer, and offer a few tips on how to treat them:

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The Ten “Must Have” Tech Inventions for Young Parents

As a parent you’ve usually got your hands full keeping up with a hectic schedule. Between work, family and a social life it can be hard to keep up with it all.

In this article we’ll take a look at some of the best tech inventions on the market, designed to make life easier for young mums and dads.


Video Baby Monitor

With a video baby monitor you have peace of mind at all times, being able to see what your baby is up to on your smartphone… whether you’re home or not. An alternative is an audio monitor, but obviously you can’t see your child with one of these. Take a look at these.


Snuza Baby Movement Monitor

This is similar to the video baby monitor, except it checks to make sure your baby is not sleeping on their stomach (which is thought of as dangerous). All you need to do is put the the monitor onto your baby’s nappy (near his/her stomach)… and if there is no movement for 15 seconds an alarm will alert you. It’s better to be safe than sorry, right? Learn more here.


mamRoo Swing

This is both a swing and a bouncy seat that helps get your baby to sleep. With its modern design and five movement settings, it’s a must have for loving parents who want a practical and effective way to help their children sleep. See it here.


Baby Shusher

As its name suggests, this nifty device helps to quieten babies that are crying. The unusually shaped gadget works wonders because the noise it makes resembles the rhythmic sounds of the womb. The sound calms your baby and stops them from crying to give you some peace and quiet. See it here.


Watch Over Me Dream Station Mobile

This is a great invention to help automatically soothe your child back to sleep at night time. The station can sense what stage of sleep your baby is in, and adjusts itself to provide adequate light and noise for the current situation. This means you won’t have to be getting up as much late at night. Learn more about it here.


Pacifier Thermometer

Every parent needs this if they want to check their young child’s temperature without having to deal with the usual kicking and screaming that results from traditional thermometers. It’s ideal for checking if your baby has a fever, without having to disturb their sleep or undress them. Here’s a great example.


Breast Pump

The breast pump is a necessity to stay prepared and to always have a bottle of milk ready for baby. You never know when you’ll get caught out, or have to leave the house at short notice. Better to stay organised and ensure baby always has milk there if you need it.


Itzbeen Pocket Nanny

This is a clever organising tool to help you keep track of your baby’s feedings, naps, and nappy changes. Keeping on top of this information ensures your baby is looked after and not neglected. Learn more about it here.


Tablet

Whilst most parents would prefer their kids never touched an iPad or tablet, you can’t escape the fact that all kids will want one at some stage. There are times such as when the weather is bad or on a plane trip, when an iPad will keep them occupied and out of your hair. The key is to make sure they don’t spend their whole lives using it.


So there you go, ten highly useful gadgets that you’ll want to invest in. Having these in your household will make your life a lot easier, and reduce your stress levels.

Obviously, some of these devices are more important than others, but we believe there is a case to look into all of them. Enjoy, and let us know if you think there should be any more added to this list.

Seeing Your Child In An Emergency Can Be Horrifying – Feeling Helpless is Worse

With the help of our training, you’ll sleep easy knowing that you’re prepared for almost every emergency.

  • If your child is burnt or scalded, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child eats something and starts choking, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child experiences a sudden seizure, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child has been underwater and drowning, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child is suffering from a super-high fever, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child suffers a severe allergic reaction, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child swallows poison or a household substance, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child has an accident and breaks a bone, you’ll be prepared.

For the Price of a Restaurant Dinner, You Can Know PRECISELY How to Deal with Your Child’s Emergency…

Our most popular course is the Kids FIRST Aid — 3 Hour Course

This engaging and practical course covers the 10 most common emergency situations. At the end of 3 hours, you’ll know precisely how to deal with the emergency situation before the paramedics and first responders arrive. You’ll also receive a take home poster to remind you of the correct techniques.

Your entire workshop tuition is just AU$ 85 per person (plus GST). A nominal sum to ensure you’re equipped to respond to a first aid emergency, whenever the need arises.

Unlike many other first aid courses, ALL our workshops are delivered by qualified and experienced paramedics – many of whom are parents themselves.

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How to prevent and treat children’s sports injuries

Saturday mornings spent on a football field, or after-school gymnastic or swimming lessons are an important rite of passage in most kids’ childhoods – and for good reason.

While we know the health benefits of regular exercise, the ever-present risk of injury can be a dampener for parents. However, there are a few simple things every parent can do to reduce risks – as well as things every parent should know in case injury does strike.

Preventing injury:

Doing what you can to prevent injury on the sporting field involves both a bit of preparation and a bit of vigilance. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Make sure your child is wearing the correct safety gear for the sport they’re playing. Helmets, mouth guards, shin pads, wrist guards and so on all have a role to play, depending on the sport. Your child’s coach should be able to provide a list of the correct equipment.
  • Ensure your child stays hydrated. Kids can become so caught up in the moment they forget to stop and replenish, so encourage them to do so.
  • Know what a concussion looks like. We’ve outlined the symptoms further in this article.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up if you have concerns over the conditions your child is playing in. If you think it’s too hot for a scheduled game of cricket or too cold for swimming outdoors, then trust your gut.
  • Make sure your child is correctly undertaking any warm-up and cool-down exercises. If none have been set, encourage them to do some gentle running and plenty of stretching before playing sport. Cool-down exercises should involve further stretching.

Be prepared:

You’re making sure your child is prepared, so it pays for you to be as well. Here’s a few steps you can take:

  • Make sure you’re up to date with your first aid training.
  • Keep a first aid kit handy in your car.
  • Keep a phone on you, or close to hand.

Know how to treat common injuries:

Sprains: Sprains are best treated using the RICE approach: rest, ice, compression and elevation.

Cuts: Stop the bleeding by applying direct pressure on the area, gently clean the wound, and wrap in a sterile bandage.

Grazes: Clean the wound with water. Pat the area dry and apply a sterile plaster or dressing.

Bleeding nose: Encourage your child to sit up, leaning slightly forward. Apply an ice pack to the injured area.

Concussion: Some tell-tale signs your child might be concussed are if he or she is complaining of a headache or feeling pressure in the head, has lost consciousness, is behaving confused, seeing stars or has become dizzy.  If you suspect your child may have concussion, seed medical help as soon as possible.

Remember, a few bumps and bruises are part and parcel of playing sports – but with a bit of vigilance, you can ensure your child’s best sporting tales are all ones of glory, not injury.

Seeing Your Child In An Emergency Can Be Horrifying – Feeling Helpless is Worse

With the help of our training, you’ll sleep easy knowing that you’re prepared for almost every emergency.

  • If your child is burnt or scalded, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child eats something and starts choking, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child experiences a sudden seizure, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child has been underwater and drowning, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child is suffering from a super-high fever, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child suffers a severe allergic reaction, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child swallows poison or a household substance, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child has an accident and breaks a bone, you’ll be prepared.

For the Price of a Restaurant Dinner, You Can Know PRECISELY How to Deal with Your Child’s Emergency…

Our most popular course is the Kids FIRST Aid — 3 Hour Course

This engaging and practical course covers the 10 most common emergency situations. At the end of 3 hours, you’ll know precisely how to deal with the emergency situation before the paramedics and first responders arrive. You’ll also receive a take home poster to remind you of the correct techniques.

Your entire workshop tuition is just AU$ 85 per person (plus GST). A nominal sum to ensure you’re equipped to respond to a first aid emergency, whenever the need arises.

Unlike many other first aid courses, ALL our workshops are delivered by qualified and experienced paramedics – many of whom are parents themselves.

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Treating bites and cuts on your child’s lip or tongue

Any parent who’s cared for a child after an injury to the tongue or lip can testify that it can be a confronting experience for everyone involved.

Injuries to the lip and tongue tend to be common, occurring often during playground knocks and falls, through sporting activity, or just general childhood play.

They can also be quite dramatic, with a tendency to bleed and swell more than other injuries, thanks to the high degree of blood flow to the area.

The good news is that blood flow tends to mean they typically heal quickly, too. That said, there are things you can do to help – as well as things you need to keep an eye on

When you find a cut on your child’s lip or tongue

One of the challenges of assessing any damage to the lip or tongue after a cut or bite can be bleeding from the injury. It’s important to reassure your child as much as possible so that they stay calm.

  1. Apply clean cloth or bandage to slow blood flow
    If excess bleeding is a problem, apply a clean piece of cloth gently to the area to help slow down the flow of blood. Apply pressure for at least five minutes.
  1. Apply a cold compress
    Tongue and lip injuries can swell quickly, so it’s important to do what you can to reduce swelling in the area. Gently applying a cold compress will help. An icy pole can help reduce tongue swelling.
  2. Clean the wound
    As soon as possible, gently clean the wound. Our mouths are full of bacteria, so it’s important to keep the area as clean as possible to avoid infection. Gently remove any dirt or gravel from the area.

How should you help the healing process?

There are a few steps you can take to ensure the wound heals quickly and without scarring.

  • Keep the wound clean and dry.
  • Avoid feeding your child any food likely to aggravate the wound, including anything spicy.
  • Check the area every day for any signs it’s not healing properly.
  • Use a sunscreen on the area after it heals to prevent scarring.

When should you see a doctor?

You should take your child to a healthcare professional if bleeding persists after applying pressure to the area for five minutes.

Wounds that cross from the lip area into the cheek may require further treatment to heal properly, so should also be taken for assessment.

You should also call the doctor if:

  • The cut looks deep, as it may require stitches
  • The wound is embedded with dirt or gravel or needs extra cleaning
  • The tongue is punctured

Keep a close eye on the injury for signs of infection. Any infection will usually occur about four days after the injury itself. Look for tell-tale signs including fever, swelling, pus, redness or any signs that the injury is worsening rather than healing.

Seeing Your Child In An Emergency Can Be Horrifying – Feeling Helpless is Worse

With the help of our training, you’ll sleep easy knowing that you’re prepared for almost every emergency.

  • If your child is burnt or scalded, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child eats something and starts choking, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child experiences a sudden seizure, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child has been underwater and drowning, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child is suffering from a super-high fever, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child suffers a severe allergic reaction, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child swallows poison or a household substance, you’ll be prepared.
  • If your child has an accident and breaks a bone, you’ll be prepared.

For the Price of a Restaurant Dinner, You Can Know PRECISELY How to Deal with Your Child’s Emergency…

Our most popular course is the Kids FIRST Aid — 3 Hour Course

This engaging and practical course covers the 10 most common emergency situations. At the end of 3 hours, you’ll know precisely how to deal with the emergency situation before the paramedics and first responders arrive. You’ll also receive a take home poster to remind you of the correct techniques.

Your entire workshop tuition is just AU$ 85 per person (plus GST). A nominal sum to ensure you’re equipped to respond to a first aid emergency, whenever the need arises.

Unlike many other first aid courses, ALL our workshops are delivered by qualified and experienced paramedics – many of whom are parents themselves.

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