Why first aid should be learnt at an early age

29 Aug

First Aid for Children MH First Aid Northern Beaches

How can we increase the confidence and skills of our nation so that we are all ready and capable of delivering emergency first aid to our families, friends, coworkers and even strangers in the street?

Many professionals believe the answer lies with our school age children. Unlike most adults, children are far less likely to experience the phenomenon known as the ‘Bystander Effect’. The bystander effect occurs when the presence of others discourages an individual from intervening in an emergency situation. For individuals in a public arena suffering a heart attack, fall or break of a bone, having a child present actually significantly increases your odds of receiving help before a professional service arrives.

We all know accidents can happen – more often than not, they do! This being the reality in which we live each and every day, the more people who know how to help someone in a medical emergency, the better. Knowledge of first aid can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Would you like the skills to save a friend or loved one in an emergency situation? Book in for one of our First Aid Northern Beaches courses today.

More and more stories of children saving their parents and grandparents are emerging each and everyday. This is only able to happen because these children were trained in basic first aid and enabled their companion to survive the time between a serious accident and the arrival of professional help.

When looking at the benefits of learning first aid for a child’s psyche, research has shown the training helps to increase morale amongst the students. This in turn, can help them become more comfortable in their environments. The ability to develop focus and think clearly to make important decisions under pressure are also additional benefits.

As any paramedic will tell you, some of the most important first aid skills aren’t physical skills at all. This includes understanding how to get a hold of the correct emergency services, what to ask for and how to describe someone’s condition.

The Australian Curriculum now includes elements of first aid training for secondary school age children within the Safety area of focus in the Health & Physical Education division. However, more work is still needed to include programs for primary aged children, engaging future students at a younger age than currently.

The basic first aid knowledge attained through training helps to treat:

  • Asthma
  • Fainting
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • Chest Pains
  • Choking
  • Heatstroke
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Unconsciousness

Many educators, or parents, may not know where to start when educating children in first aid. Our classes are family friendly, which means that your children can easily come along and learn first aid with us. Another easy way is to learn for yourself! Gaining a certification in first aid and understanding the fundamentals of the training exercises will give you the best platform to pass on the knowledge to the youngsters in your life.

So bring yourself, or bring the family, and let’s get certified!

Our team here at Beaches First Aid offer a course designed specifically for caretakers in education-based positions. We can deliver this at your school or in a private setting, or check out our available First Aid Northern Beaches course dates by clicking here.

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