I am ashamed to admit that my first aid knowledge is barely existent. The last time I did a first aid course was at junior school when I was around 10. When I had Munchkin I kept telling myself that I needed to go on a course but time just flew by and it wasn’t top of my list (it should have been). Now Bee is in my life too I keep telling myself again to get myself on a course.
Knowing what to do in situations could literally be the difference between life and death.
I heard about the British Red Cross Baby and Child First aid app through Mumsnet who were looking for reviewers of the app and was keen to try it out. Anything to help me know at least the basics of what to do is appreciated.
British Red Cross say “Our FREE app is packed full of essential first aid learning for parents. It includes videos, quick tips and self test sections to test your knowledge. App users can search for their nearest accident and emergency department anywhere in the UK using the hospital finder. There is a useful section on preparing for first aid incidences and a medical records section to record childrens medication and allergies. The Baby and Child First Aid app has been designed and developed for parents and carers of children to make learning first aid easy and accessible.
The learn section is useful as it teaches you about some common issues such as a fever, broken bones, choking, meningitis. It teaches you how to recongnise the symptons and then what to do:
It is so easy to panic when your child has a fever and a lot of mums will turn to other mums on forums and Facebook. There is nothing wrong with that as you can get good advice, but getting it straight from the British Red Cross app is ideal as it is a trusted source.
The prepare section gives you handy tips on preparing for some situations such electrical incidents and being out and about and gives you a checklist of things you need to think about and if going out and about, what you need to take with you. One of the tips that I read which is so simple is to teach your child how to call 999. It made me realise that I have in fact not taught my 7 year old this, and she is more than capable of learning and doing it if the need arrives.
The emergency section is basically what it says. It gives advice on what to do in an emergency situation with short videos and pictures. Emergency situations included are burns, choking baby and unconscious child.
What I love about this app is that it also tests you on what you have learnt. For example, one of the questions is ‘Which four signs could indicate a child is choking’. This is great to test your knowledge and ensure you know what to do/recognise symptons.
The Toolkit is a section to help you find a hospital and also a place to add your child’s record.
I believe this app is a must have for all parents. Even if you have been on a first aid course it is a good refresher and handy to have with you incase you come across a situation you are unsure how to deal with.
The app is free and is available for both android devices and for iphones and ipads:
For iPhones and iPads https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id646471621
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent
bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. This review entitles me tobe entered into a prize draw for a first aid learning pack from the British Red cross.