Teaching Children First Aid
Mon, November 29, 2021

Teaching Children First Aid

For some people, first aid lessons should have a minimum age requirement when it is being taught to children. They argued that children may be too young to understand the concept / Photo by: Katarzyna Białasiewicz via 123RF

 

For some people, first aid lessons should have a minimum age requirement when it is being taught to children. They argued that children may be too young to understand the concept. But the Red Cross Organization says otherwise, according to What’s On Australia, a travel website. The Red Cross recommends that children should be familiarized with basic first aid fundamentals as early as the age of 5. Even at such a young age, these little ones must be equipped by their parents with the necessary skills that will allow them to take care of their own minor injuries.

However, before anyone should go down teaching kids some survival and health tips, adults must acquire a certain competency in first aid training first. Not getting a first-aid certificate could derail the process of learning and it could harm the child more. There are training organizations in your area where you can sign up for classes, and they are easy to find since they are all searchable online now. 

Admittedly, first-aid training is time-consuming. But keep in mind that in a world full of uncertainty and unforeseen disasters, it is better to stay prepared. Due to the increasingly extreme weather events and other emergencies that could happen, the whole family needs to be part of the first-aid plan. It is now the parents’ responsibility to enable their children to keep themselves safe once a disaster or bad events happen.

 

Narrate Experiences

If you have a toddler, it is best to turn your lessons into a story. Eartheasy, a lifestyle website, mentioned that any knee scrape, nosebleed, or fall from a tree can be a teaching moment, but if the child is too young to receive a sit-down lesson, you can verbally describe every step that you are taking. 

For example, you can say, “First, I’m applying pressure to stop the bleeding, then I’m gently washing the dirt out of your cut with clean water, then I’m applying this bandage with a little compression.” This kind of narration can also distract them from the pain while you are tending to their wound. It is important that while you are doing this, you are using a calm and steady voice in order for your kid to remember that it is best to stay calm during stressful situations even if they are hurt.

Little kids learn best when they are feeling relaxed and playful. Although the lessons are important and serious topics, talking too seriously can bring up anxiety for many children. They may not be able to verbalize it easily, but their anxiety could linger for a long while. Avoid planting seeds of bad events on their minds if it’s only a remote possibility. Instead, engage with their natural love for playing with their imagination, where they could enjoy their own world and at the same time, impart some important lessons that they could use in the future. 

 

Teach Them to Call for Help

As much as we want our little kids to do things on their own, it is not always possible. There are things that they are still incapable of doing because of their age. The easiest but also most important first-aid skill that you can teach to your child is how to call for emergency services. This knowledge can help them in situations where their primary caregiver is unable to do so for some reason. 

First, adults must teach their kids to go ahead and call for help if they feel scared or sense that something is not right. Constantly assure them that it is okay for them to make the call especially if there is no adult around to ask whether or not they should. 

Let them know the numbers and names of the authorities that they could call if an emergency happens. If a child has learned how to read numbers or operate a phone, then they are ready to call emergency services when needed. But if they are still too young to speak clearly, you can program your smartphone or smart home devices to respond to a voice command from your child to make an emergency call. 

First, adults must teach their kids to go ahead and call for help if they feel scared or sense that something is not right / Photo by: Katarzyna Białasiewicz via 123RF

 

Explore the Contents of a First-Aid Kit

In order to do this, you must have a prepared and well-equipped first-aid kit. Pocket Sense, a mobile app that secures your phone, mentioned on their website that adults and their kids must explore together the contents of a first-aid kit. Deliberately describe each item and explain its purpose, but let them know that some of the items inside are dangerous if not handled properly especially the scissors and other contents that contain harmful chemicals. 

Provide them with the information about handing a basic wound using the content of your first-aid kit. Active participation in children could provide a benefit for them especially for those who are always playing outside because they might get their own knees scraped. Explain to them every step of the process while using the bandages, gauze, or even the medications needed to disinfect their wounds.

Allowing our children some basic first-aid techniques will go a long way if and when a mishap does occur and they are left to tend for themselves or someone else. 

Provide them with the information about handing a basic wound using the content of your first-aid kit / Photo by: belchonock via 123RF