I did a first aid course when Carly was a baby. That was only four years ago and yet I can’t remember barely anything I learnt. As it’s suggested you refresh your first aid knowledge every few years, when I was offered the chance to attend a paediatric first aid day course with Daisy First Aid, I happily went along.
The courses are run locally by Kerry, a former police officer and mum to Arthur. One of the things I loved about the first aid course with Daisy First Aid was how friendly and laid back Kerry was. She interjected the course with lots of hands on experience and anecdotes from being a mum herself, even adding in confessions about times Arthur had been hurt.
I get nervous in groups and had been anxious about attending the course alone, but I was instantly put at ease by Kerry. The course is roughly three hours long and is jam packed with information to help keep those around you safe.
One of the main things I am worried about at the moment is the risk of Benjamin choking. As we have gone for baby led weaning, Benjamin has on occasion gagged, and it’s so important to be able to tell the difference between this and choking. Last week he was eating spaghetti bolognese (his absolute favourite meal) along with some garlic bread, and he gagged so hard on a piece of the bread that he scared himself and started crying. He had these massive tears running down his face but at the same time he was working the bread back up and out of his throat. Afterwards, when I knew for sure he was safe, I cried myself, but ultimately I knew he was fine. The course gave me more reassurance that if he were to actually choke, I would know what to do and be able to help him.
When my eldest, Cameron, was a toddler, he managed to swallow some liquid hand soap from the bathroom whilst my back was turned. At the time my instinct was to make him throw up, which I achieved, and then to give him a big glass of water. After the first aid course I now know that’s not the right thing to do, and instead I should have taken him to hospital along with the soap container so that the staff could work out the best course of action based on what he had ingested.
One of the key parts of the course was learning how to administer CPR, something I really didn’t know much about beforehand. I certainly wouldn’t have been confident in providing CPR to the children, or anyone else for that matter, before taking part on the course. This section was very thorough, with lots of practical participation with the dummies, and Kerry was able to explain everything step by step.
It was so interesting to see the different approaches you should take for babies under one, children and adults, and I definitely came away from the course feeling a lot more prepared should I ever need to use the skills I had been taught. I really liked that Kerry, again, was able to use her past experiences as a police officer, and a mum, to talk us through everything and it definitely added a more interesting angle to something which ultimately can be fairly mundane.
As well as CPR and choking, Kerry also covered concussion and compressions, grazes, burns and broken bones as well as the warning signs to watch out for meningitis and sepsis. I came away feeling like I had been to a much longer course, and I was so impressed with how much knowledge Kerry had managed to impart in a relatively short amount of time.
Daisy First Aid courses are available across the UK, although Kerry runs classes specifically in the Poole/Bournemouth area. The basic parent and carer courses are held at local venues, or at your own home with groups of four or more, and are priced at £25 per person. At the end of the course you are awarded with a certificate of attendance, which some institutions accept as proof of a First Aid skill. Daisy First Aid also offers ofsted compliant qualifications and fun interactive classes tailored for school age children.
Babies under one are welcome to join you for the course – although if your little one is as wriggly as Benjamin, it might be easier for you to pay attention to the course if someone is able to look after them for you!
I would recommend attending the Daisy First Aid course if you would like to be prepared for the majority of medical emergencies, whether you are a parent yourself or preparing to become one, or maybe if you simply spend a lot of time around young people who you would like to be able to help if the situation arose.
I was invited to attend the Daisy First Aid course with Kerry in Poole free of charge for the purpose of review, however all thoughts, photos and opinions are my own.