First aid tools for children, to teach them how be useful in an emergency

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There has never been an easier time to teach children how to respond in an emergency situation. With mobile phones to hand, and learning apps and videos, there's simply no excuse not to educate children about what to do.

Common medical emergencies in the home (thus topics you should cover) include burns, sprains, broken bones, bleeding, head injuries, asthma attacks and severe allergic reactions.

Here are the tools kids will need to become acquainted with first aid techniques, should they find themselves first responders on the scene of an emergency.

1. How to call 000

Most children can be taught to call 000 in an emergency. Ensure they know how to access a phone, know their name and address and a brief line about what to say. You can role play a scenario and have them practise what to do.

2. Familiarise them with the first aid kit

Children need to know where the family's first aid kit is located and shown what's inside. Go through each item and talk about circumstances in which they would use them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. First aid courses for children

There are first aid courses aimed at children aged 8 to 11 run through the Australian Red Cross. Look up the website for courses in your area, or consult local health services for information. You could also set up a school-wide education initiative through St John Ambulance.

6. First aid app

St John Ambulance has released a first app for kids aged 5+ which teaches children what to do as a first responder in various emergency situations. It's called First Aid Action Hero and runs kids through a fun educational game where they practice BMX tricks then act quickly to help a patient.

Through the game, kids are taught first aid fundamentals in an emergency; from recognising an emergency situation, contacting emergency services, to key first aid tips for keeping the patient as stable as possible while waiting for an ambulance.

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7. If someone close to them is prone to medical emergencies...

If a sibling carries an EpiPen, all family members need to know how to use it. The same goes with what to do if someone has Epileptic seizure, or any other kind of medical condition.
There are many video resources on YouTube tailored for certain conditions so that everyone in the family knows what to do.