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.
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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