7 First Aid Skills To Teach Your Kids

7 First Aid Skills To Teach Your Kids

Have you ever thought of teaching your kids first aid skills? It might be handy for your child to know how to help in cases of emergencies, either at home or at school! Read on to know which life-saving tips you should arm your little ones with.

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1. How to call 911 or emergency phone numbers?

Your kid should know how to call an emergency number. Therefore, it is important for you to practice this with your kids to get them used to it! Here are the basics of what they should know:

  • What numbers do they press on the keypad?

  • Do they know the pass-code to your smartphone?

  • What button do they click on a smartphone to make a phone call?

  • What is their home address?

2. When to call 911 or emergency phone numbers?

Once your children know how to call 911, it is then important that you discuss the reasons for when and why you would use this phone number. However, you should also make sure to explain to them that they need to use the number responsibly. Then, identify certain emergencies that they may come across, for example:

  • There is a fire,

  • Someone has been hurt and is bleeding.

  • Someone is not responding, and no one else is around to help.

  • Someone is choking.

  • They see a crime happen, or a stranger is in the house.

  • They are anxious for their own well-being.

  • They are lost.

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3. Where to find a first aid kit

Usually, you keep your first aid kit handy at home because you want it ready to be used in cases of injuries. This is why you also need to show your kids where to find it and what’s included in it! However, you should keep medications and sharp objects out of their reach. You can also create a child-friendly first aid kit containing useful things such as bandages, wraps, tape, a list of emergency phone numbers, a first aid picture manual, a flashlight, and water.

4. First aid treatment for stopping bleeds

Teach these tips to your children in cases of injuries and bleeding:

  • Call an emergency number if it is bleeding a lot or is a particularly large wound.

  • Apply direct pressure until the bleeding stops.

  • If the blood soaks through, apply another bandage.

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5. First aid treatments for nosebleeds

Do you know that nosebleeds can become severe if not stopped over time? This means that teaching your child how to stop a nose bleed and when to call 911 is a great skill for them.

  • Sit forwards slightly

  • Pinch the nose near the nostrils tightly to stop the blood flow.

  • Call on your emergency phone number if the nose bleed lasts longer than 15 minutes.

6. First aid treatment for burns

Is your kid as curious as mine in the kitchen? If so, this is for you because if your child ever touches the oven, a hot stove top, a curling iron, or any other heated surface, he or she will be able to react appropriately and treat the burn immediately. Teach your child the following in cases of burns:

  • Call 911 if he is alone.

  • Running the burned area under cool water.

  • Grabbing a cool, wet towel and covering the burn.

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7. Recognizing signs of choking and how to help

One of the most common accidents to happen at home or in public is choking. If not attended to, choking can be very serious and even lead to death. Therefore, this first aid skill is important for your kids to understand! Share these signs of choking with your child:

  • Excessive coughing or gagging.

  • Pointing to their throat.

  • Holding their throat.

  • Their face turned a different colour.

  • Being unable to talk.

  • Falling unconscious.

Then teach your child how to respond appropriately:

  • Back Blows: giving firm blows between the shoulder blades.

  • The Heimlich Maneuver: ‘hugging’ the person and giving upward thrusts just above the belly button. These are also called Abdominal thrusts. There is also a chest variant used for self-treatment that might be useful for your child to learn.

Teaching these skills to your children of any age can help to prepare them for the unexpected! Not only does it build confidence for them, but it is a great way to learn together and bond as a family!