When preparing to have a baby, there are so many things you need to know and think about in an attempt to feel ready! A great way to feel more comfortable and secure in looking after your newborn is to take a First Aid Course. You can take the course with family and friends too so that you know that everyone who will be around your baby will be prepared to help in an emergency.

Which First Aid course should I take?

Whilst standard first aid courses are helpful for adults and children above the age of eight; you will want to enrol in the Childcare First Aid course to be able to help infants and young children most efficiently. This course falls under the course code: HLTAID012, formerly HLTAID004, and covers how to perform CPR on newborns and toddlers.

What will I learn?

The course will be theoretical and practical in parts, and you will learn all about the most common elements of newborn and child care. The course will take you through common infant and childhood illnesses such as fever, vomiting, dehydration, diarrhoea, and febrile convulsion.

You will also learn about the use of Adrenaline auto-injector devices, AED devices, Bronchodilator and Spacers with placebo training apparatus and use CPR manikins, first aid kits and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). You will learn how to respond best to an emergency situation. Make sure the course you select is accredited by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.

How long does a First Aid course take?

There are so many ways to get certified in baby first aid.

Depending on the number of people in your party, you can find and select your most convenient training venue or alternatively have the company come to you! The course takes just six and a half hours to complete, and everyone can leave the same day certified!

Alternatively, if the idea of spending almost seven hours in a room with your nearest and dearest sounds a bit too much to take, don’t worry, you can spend just a fraction of the time (two hours) with them and a trainer! Just select an online option and do the majority of the course individually before booking a time for your practical element.

Choking Baby First Aid

Choking is a massive hazard for young children. In Victoria alone, 203 children aged 0-5 years were treated in hospital due to choking incidents in 2019/20. This was a 17% increase from the previous year. This can be in part to young children’s curiosity and wanting to explore the world around them. Anything smaller than a 20 cent coin can obstruct their airways, including food. To avoid choking, adjustments need to be made for toddlers and babies.

Do not feed them:

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Whole grapes
  • Hard lollies
  • Corn Chips

And similar foods.

You can also cook, grate, mash, mince or chop foods to reduce the choking risk.

With choking, it’s important to make sure that children are sat up when they eat, and they are supervised. Food with rough skin, such as sausages, should be cut up into small pieces and have the skin removed. If you do feed your child grapes, you should cut them into quarters.

If a baby is choking, you cannot wait for the ambulance to arrive. Care needs to begin immediately so that when paramedics do arrive, you have given the child the best possible chance of recovery.

Babyproofing

Another way to prepare for your child’s arrival is to baby-proof your home. Experts recommend that you should begin to baby-proof your home three months before your due date. You can baby-proof your home by making the following changes:

Flooring

Hardwood and tile floors are tough, and when your little one begins to move, they will need something with more cushion for their knees when crawling or if they fall. Add a rug that can be easily cleaned to help.

Bathroom

Purchase a toilet seat lid-lock to keep your children from putting their toys and hands down the toilet!

Water Thermometer

Placing your baby in water that is too hot or too cold can be dangerous. Make sure that your baby’s bathwater is at the perfect temperature by using a thermometer.

Cupboards

Lock systems can be attached to your cupboards so that your baby cannot access the items inside. Items that are potentially harmful such as medicine, cleaning products, and more, should be kept well out of reach and not left unattended. It is worth placing a lock system on all doors regardless so that you can be sure your baby is safe.

Corner guards

If your baby bumps into a corner, the guard will soften the blow. They can help ensure that your baby can roam the house without injuring themselves on a table or cupboard.

Furniture Wall Anchors

Non-slip safety straps will anchor your furniture to the wall. They are best used on items such as bookshelves, tables, couches, chairs and other items.

Stairs

Once your baby starts to move, you should invest in a stair gate so that they can avoid injuries and falls. Stair gates can also be used within hallways to sections areas of the house you would like restricted.

Fireplace

In the cooler seasons, you may wish to snuggle up with a cosy fireplace. The heat and open flames can be a considerable risk for burns. The best way to prevent an emergency situation is to seal it off with a baby-proof fireplace fence. You can also use this around kitchen appliances such as stoves and ovens.

Where to begin:

With so much information, it can sometimes feel too overwhelming to know where to begin! Get your first aid course booked early so that you can make sure everyone is available, and you might pick up some more tips which will guide you on your parenting journey. From there, read more on Baby Wonderland!

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