The season for Baby Shows is in full swing. I am an absolute lover of baby shows purely because it combines my biggest passions of my children and shopping, after all who doesn’t go ga ga for the latest time saving device or cute baby grow? But there is a more serious side which I wanted to bring to your attention. At each Baby Show venue The British Red Cross hold a series of sessions providing invaluable first aid advice & tips for all new and expectant parents. We were lucky enough to be invited along to one.
The sessions are free and will run through out the day, but they are popular so I would suggest making a bee line for their stand as soon as you arrive to book up for your preferred time.
British Red Cross will be raising awareness of how important it is for parents and parents to be to learn first aid skills as for babies and children. They will be talking to parents about the first aid emergencies parents are most worried about and how to make sure parents have the confidence and skills to act.
Learning first aid skills are important preparation for looking after children and knowing what to do for possible situations such as choking, burns and bumps will give parents confidence and the potential to be able to save lives.
Our introduction covered three areas:
- Choking – the lady demonstrating used a doll to explain how to deal with choking, there were dolls placed around the theatre so that everyone could have a try. With the recent Facebook threads hitting the mummy groups about grapes it is a skill worth learning.
- Burns – she dispelled the myths around burns and what to do should your child be one of the 123 kids taken to A&E a week with significant burns. It was a valuable reminder – what burns a child may not necessarily burn you as an adult. Again she used cling film to demonstrate how to deal with it in a simple and calm manner
- Seizures– caused by over heating is a very common occurrence. As soon as you manage to cool the baby down then it will stop, we discussed ways to do this and what to do once the seizure has stopped.
The session lasted around half an hour and left me thinking that I should really look into attending the full course. You can find out more about these courses here they are run at 50 venues throughout the UK and would definitely be a worth while investment of time based on my experience at The Baby Show.
In July 2015 the British Read Cross launched its ‘First Aid Rapped Up’ campaign aimed specifically at parents and carers. As part of the campaign they developed a free baby and child first aid app. Which you can download from their website here and you will be pleased to know is available on both Apple and Android. It includes a series of videos showing you how to deal with certain situations as they arise. If you do nothing else today I would encourage you to down load it. I have included a You Tube video below about the app which also demonstrates how it works.
So if you are attending a baby show in the coming months then I would highly recommend a visit to the British Red Cross stand before you get too carried away with the gorgeous clothes and accessories on offer and run out of time. The advice you receive may just save your babies life, lets support them in the amazing work that they do.