I want to learn first aid skills! But I won’t use my first aid kit daily like I do my food storage! So, learning first aid skills doesn’t really make my life easier on a day-to-day basis. Just like anything else, when you start thinking about all the first aid skills you could learn and maybe feel you ought to learn, it can get a bit overwhelming.
First Aid Skills
When it comes to first aid skills, I had to remind myself that the goal isn’t necessarily to become a doctor myself! Doctors go to school full time for years, and for most of us, that isn’t realistic! I need to be able to offer the best care possible until I can get to a doctor. What if your child starts choking and stops breathing, for example? Of course, you are going to dial the local emergency number of 911, but you should know the basics of emergency care while you are waiting for medical attention.
This is a more extreme, less common example, but chances are, your child will encounter a minor injury or two. Let’s say your child fell off of their skateboard at a high speed. His or her skin is all scraped up, it is bleeding all over the place, and he or she is taking long, deep breaths. If you have a first aid kit, you will be able to find the right bandage and get them cleaned up. Then, if it is worse than expected, you should take your child to a pediatrician. Chances are, however, that a pediatrician won’t be necessary for a situation like this.
Still…society would be much better off if each of us took the time to learn just a few essential first aid skills. We’d be better equipped to help each other in even small emergency situations instead of just waiting, hoping that help gets there in time. Anyone with kids should keep a close eye on the health of their children.
So, I read up on general first aid on sites like WebMD, the Mayo Clinic, and the Red Cross. I pulled out the survival pocket guide and first aid cards from my 72 your kit, and I studied. I wanted to focus on just the essential, life-saving skills. If my child, anyone in my family, or I ever encounter life-threatening emergencies, I think it is essential to know the step-by-step instructions to take precaution. This does not mean you have to have a first-aid certification. It merely means that you know what to do in an emergency situation.
Continue reading for a few general first aid tips when dealing with children:
- Make sure you know how to get help.
- Make sure the child is in a safe area.
- If the child is choking or having trouble breathing, make sure you put them in a position that their airway remains open.
- Consider taking a CPR class. If disaster strikes, you will be able to make sure that the child (or your child) continues breathing.
A Helpful New Printable
After all of that, I created a list of what I believe to be the most critical first aid skills. The list includes things that I would not want to wait for a doctor to arrive to take care of. Most are skills I’ve studied before, but (obviously) don’t use regularly. I wanted a way to remember them properly when/if I needed to use them, so I created a one page printable! Put one in your car, your fridge, or your pantry. Make sure babysitters know where to find it along with your other babysitter notes. You could even fold one up and put it in your wallet! Simple. Easy Peasy. Not overwhelming. Do-able. Love it. Download the free printable first aid guide by just clicking on it:
Important: Please know, you are more than welcome to use my printable above, but it is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, emergency treatment, or formal first-aid training. If you ever face a life-threatening medical situation, please call 911 as quickly as possible. This printable is the result of my personal online research and compilation of information I want myself, my family members, and babysitters to have quick access to. You are welcome to use it, but you may also consider learning more about hands-only CPR, taking a First Aid / CPR training course, and adding some of these first aid apps to your phone/device:
First Aid Apps:
- First Aid App by American Red Cross
- American Heart Association Pocket First Aid and CPR App
Do you have any first aid resources for learning necessary, life-saving skills I have not mentioned that you love? Tell us about it in the comments!
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