Paediatric First Aid: Why Schools Staff & Child Caretakers Must Train

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How often do you have parents inquiring whether you or your staff know pediatric first aid? When parents are leaving their children in the care of nannies or school staff, they expect the people taking care and working with their little ones to have the necessary skills, knowledge, and presence of mind to respond to emergencies. With the right pediatric first aid training, teachers, nannies, and other child carers will develop the necessary skills and gain confidence to face any kind of mishaps.

At our health and safety training facility in Dubai, our pediatric first aid, CPR & AED course provides an ideal training solution for childcare providers including teachers, youth sports coaches, school bus drivers, nannies, and babysitters. Interested parents can also partake in the course. The training helps the trainees learn how to respond to medical emergencies that involve children, toddlers, and infants. This particular first aid training program is based on the 2015 CPR and First Aid Guidelines, Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition, and other evidence-based treatment recommendations, ensuring that the trainees receive comprehensive knowledge, over 6 hours, that is required to act quickly in case of an accident. 

To successfully complete the course and get the first aid training certificate, trainees must pass a skill evaluation where they must perform the required skills without assistance and clear a written evaluation if required. The first-aid certificate issued is valid for 2 years. On successful completion of the first aid, AED, and CPR certification, you will feel ready to face critical situations and take the right call whenever necessary. 

So what do you learn in a pediatric first aid training program? How will it help you in face of an emergency? Here is what you need to know. 

Understanding Pediatric first aid, CPR & AED

Responding to a medical emergency requires some basic knowledge of how the human body works. Knowing how and when to tend to the sick and/or injured person is the basis of providing proper first aid. Like most teachers, nannies and other child care providers are novices when it comes to medical emergencies, undergoing a first aid training course will help them gain insight about the what’s and whatnots of providing care in the face of an accident. 

At HSS, our course is tailored to give teachers and caregivers some crucial medical education and thereby build the confidence needed to effectively care for injured and/or sick children. The course material is comprehensive and provides background information about the possible accidents and how it affects the child’s body, followed by assessment and treatment information to help the caregiver to act swiftly and safely. The course also covers the 4Cs of Pediatric First Aid – Check, Call, Care, and Complete – as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Some of the common medical emergencies that occur with children are choking, breathing difficulty, loss of responsiveness, fainting due to head injuries, seizures, allergic reactions

bites and stings, poisonings and ingestions, infections, bleeding, and swelling, bone, joint, and muscle injuries, burns, cold- and heat-related injuries, eye injuries and oral injuries. The training material will elaborate on all these possible scenarios, starting with prevention, preparedness, responding, and providing CPR and AED as and when required.

The major difference in providing first aid to infants, toddlers, and younger children lies with the way AED and CPR are administered. AEDs are safe to use on young children and even infants, although it is necessary to know exactly how they can be operated. Providing effective CPR and administering an AED is the best way to treat a child or infant if he or she suffers from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Without first aid, the condition can turn fatal within minutes as babies and younger children have smaller, much more delicate systems. Providing CPR and AED is critical and helps in getting their heart restarted quickly and restoring the flow of oxygenated blood around their body. This in turn reduces the damages sustained by their brain and essential organ systems, ensuring their long-term well-being.

Have you gotten certified yet?

If you work with young children (or have children of your own), it is time to get first aid certified without further delay. Having doubts? Here are __ benefits of undergoing the pediatric first aid training program-

  • Having knowledge of pediatric first aid will help you respond correctly in situations such as sprains, tears, and broken bones. These are some of the most common playground injuries that happen to young children which require immediate attention. But that is not all. With this training, you will also be equipped to respond and provide pediatric first aid effectively if an infant or child is choking, drowning, or involved in other mishaps.
  • It is always the first few seconds after an accident that is the most crucial. Any delay in providing first aid could be a matter of life and death. So irrespective of how closely you work with young children, if you are a school staff member, you must have the training to respond quickly in case of emergency.
  • Taking the right action can not only save a life but also help reduce the mental trauma inflicted upon the child. So whether all the necessary facilities are available or not, responding quickly will make a huge difference.
  • Children are curious learners who understand their surroundings through hands-on methods. As a result, you may never know when a mishap occurs. So, it is imperative to attend pediatric first aid training and learn how to handle medical emergencies.
  • If you are a nanny who has undergone first aid and CPR certification, your value as a professional increases drastically. You will have no trouble finding a suitable position as hiring you will undoubtedly give the parents much-needed peace of mind.
  • Caring for children at school is a big responsibility. Knowing first aid protocols will help you handle your role as an educational professional/caretaker better.


Pediatric first aid training is becoming an essential part of employment for teachers and child care workers. With the vital skills learned from the training, parents, teachers, nannies, and all other caregivers will actively ensure the safety of their children, and even help save young lives.

Interested in getting first aid certified? Visit our health and safety training facility in Dubai and enroll in the pediatric first aid training and CPR certification course today.