Home- it’s where children grow and learn, the place where they find comfort, love and care. It’s where they can see, touch, explore and experience the world around them, so their minds and bodies develop properly. It’s also a place where children need to feel safe. No matter how well you childproof your home or try to prevent accidents, one of the best things you can do is prepare yourself for an emergency.
**EVERY PARENT AND CARER MUST HAVE AN UP TO DATE FIRST AID QUALIFICATION**
Every 3 years a refresher is essential, but annually is ideal with young children. Protocol changes as research advances so refresh your knowledge to help keep your kids safe. Learn CPR and the abdominal thrust procedure for choking emergencies. Assemble a first aid kit with emergency instructions . Keep important numbers near your phone such as poison control (diff in each state), your work and family mobile phone numbers, and a neighbour or nearby relative (these can escape your mind when emergencies occur with shock & panic) And, as soon as your child is old enough to know their full name and address, teach him or her to dial 000 to call for help in case of an emergency.
Don’t delay, make it your priority to learn basic first aid and resuscitation! It saves lives!