Babies, toddlers and young children are simply a delight to have around. These tiny human beings are constantly in awe of their surroundings and ask the best (and funniest) questions, which allows them to learn and grow to be bigger, better versions of themselves. However, as they grow and explore the world, they also become more prone to accidents and injuries. From something as simple as hitting their head against the edge of a table to potentially drowning in your backyard pool, these mishaps could be minor or life-threatening.
This is why we urge parents of young children and other caretakers like nannies and home helps to get pediatric first aid training at the earliest. Getting trained in pediatric first aid will prepare you like nothing else to take charge of an untoward situation involving a child and resolve it the right way. To make things easier for parents, nannies and home helps, we have designed a unique course called Back2Basics, which will train you to be a capable caretaker and provide the best environment for your kids to grow up safe and sound.
Are you interested to know more? Then read on to learn more-
Why should you do pediatric first aid training?
If you have young children of your own or work with them, pediatric first aid training will help you take care of them better and get you prepared to deal with most mishaps. Having the right knowledge to deal with an emergency involving a young child will give you the confidence to act fast without panicking.
As a parent, knowing pediatric first aid will let you be more at ease when you take your child to the park or pool. Likewise, when hiring a nanny or home help, ensure that they hold a pediatric first aid course certificate, which will give you the much-needed peace of mind when leaving your kids home with them.
So what does pediatric first aid training programs like Back2Basics teach you?
Essentially, these courses teach the basic techniques you need to know to save the life of your child in a critical situation. You will learn the necessary skills and knowledge to deal with accidents that cause sprains or broken bones. Instead of panicking, you can act fast to help ease your child’s pain and call for medical attention.
First aid training will also teach you to effectively treat your child if he or she is choking or drowning. The course covers CPR and AEDs and how to use them if needed in case your child is unable to breathe or is unresponsive. It also discusses the basic home safety rules when you have infants and children around. In case of any untoward situation, whether big or small, the first few seconds after the accident is crucial. So irrespective of how bad your child is hurt, knowing and administering the right first aid as required can help relieve the child’s pain or even save their lives.
It is to be noted that even if you already know basic first aid and CPR techniques, pediatric first aid training is a piece of essential knowledge if you work with young children or have your own. This is primarily because first aid administration is very different for infants and young children below the age of 12.
Treating children comes with several challenges. Infants and toddlers, for instance, will be unable to describe exactly how they feel and may not understand the severity of the situation. Children also are much less likely to stay calm and follow instructions when you are tending to them. Children are also more prone to certain types of risks than adults. For example, choking is quite common in children as they tend to put anything and everything in their mouth. Children also tend to bump their heads and injure other parts of their body as they explore and go on “mini-adventures” around the house. Therefore, the first aider will have to consider the age, size and physical development of the injured person into consideration before administering the assistance. Taking all these factors into account, pediatric first aid training is tailored for infants and children and has varied protocols than that of adults.
Here are a few examples-
- CPR: For adults, CPR begins with chest compressions using both hands followed by mouth to mouth rescue breaths. However, for infants under one, the compressions must be using two fingers followed by rescue breaths through both nose and mouth. For children over the age of 1, compressions must be administered with one hand, followed by mouth to mouth rescue breaths.
- AED: For adults, defibrillation is given using standard pads. For children under 8 years of age, special pediatric pads are used, which deliver milder shocks. Additionally, for younger children, one pad is placed in the centre of the chest and the other one at the centre of the back.
- Choking: To rescue a choking adult and child, first aiders have to hold them around their waist, one hand on top of the other, bend the victim forward and push upwards and inwards to clear the airways. However, for infants, the rescue is very different due to their smaller size. Also, compared to adults, babies and toddlers are much more likely to choke on food and other objects.
In conclusion, it is necessary for parents of babies and young children, nannies and house helps to have basic knowledge about pediatric first aid and home safety rules. This is where Back2Basics comes in.
Back2Basics: Is it right for you?
Back2Basics is a tailored course for parents, maids, nannies and house helps to equip them for taking care of infants and young children. The course greatly emphasizes babysitting, first aid and home safety rules. It is approved by Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) and the Health Ministry as they are comprehensive and easy to follow.
The duration of the Parent course is 4 hours while maids, nannies and home helps will be offered a 6-hour course that covers everything the caretakers need to know about avoiding a mishap/ taking action in case of an accident when babysitting.
Back2Basics course has two learning paths-
- Lifesaving skills include- CPR, choking, recovery position and drowning.
- First aid for infants/ children and home safety while babysitting
On completing the course, you will be awarded a course completion certificate and will have the right knowledge and skills to deal with incidents like injuries, head injuries, cuts, bleeding, bites and stings, choking, drowning, electrical injury and sudden illnesses.
Are parents and nannies/house helps offered different courses?
Parents of young children, especially new parents, are mostly clueless about child care. Although caring for children is one of the most important jobs in the world, there is no formal training to do this right. While there are a lot of things to take care of and prepare to ensure that your infant/toddler is clean, healthy and happy, accidents can occur when you least expect it. To be alone at home with an injured child is every parent’s worst nightmare. This is why courses like Back2Basics can be lifesaving for moms and dads. By signing up for a pediatric first aid course, they feel more equipped and reassured to tackle their biggest responsibility- parenting.
When it comes to nannies and house helps, the Back2Basics is a more professional certification, which has become essential to land a job in the UAE. Most maids and nannies have little to no formal training on how to manage an emergency. So when a mishap occurs they are completely unprepared.
This is why we urge professional nannies and maids to take this course. With the knowledge and skills gained through training, you can avoid accidents and take appropriate action in case a situation arises.
So take the next step and sign up for the program today. Get certified in pediatric first aid, CPR, AED and home safety and feel reassured about your role as a parent/caretaker.
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