We sat down with Tiny Heart First Aid to ask our burning questions when it comes to infant first aid.
What are the main differences between infant and adult first aid?
We often hear ‘I have done a first aid course with work’ and our response is ‘but this is a paediatric first aid course - completely different’
The majority of topics discussed in a paediatric course are not covered in your normal workplace first aid, which targets first aid for adults. There are big differences regarding techniques, dangers, anatomy, common injury and illnesses between infant and adult first aid.
We created our business specifically to meet this gap. We know the differences well as we train thousands of people per month in workplace first aid through our company Hero HQ.
As a mum, my biggest fear is my boys choking on food (or particularly when they were babies)? Is this one of the most common at home emergencies or is there something else parents should be more weary of?
Choking is definitely one of the most significant home emergencies - each year, hundreds of children under the age of five are admitted to hospitals all around Australia due to choking, it can be deadly.
As a paramedic, this was the type of emergency we were dispatched to often, but it was usually cancelled as parents begun choking first aid before we arrived. Thankfully, the treatment for choking is so effective which was why these types of call-outs were often cancelled. You can learn more about choking first aid here.
What are your top tips for parents wanting to 'baby / child proof' there home?
Baby-proofing your home is one of the most important things you do to keep your little one safe. My daughter Nahla is 18 months and is very active, so I sympathise will all the parents whose little ones are running around the house trying to open every drawer and cupboard in sight!
Firstly, it’s vital to keep any cleaning products, medicines, cosmetics or anything that could be classified as a ‘poison’ in a locked cupboard. Ideally, the best practice is to place all of these items in a high, out of reach cupboard with a lock in it. However, the majority of Australian households keep their cleaning products under the sink so it’s vital to ensure you have a sturdy lock that your little one can’t crack.
Secondly, it can be tricky visually what household items may be hazards to your little one. When Nahla started to crawl, my husband and I got on our hands and knees and crawled around the house to see everything that Nahla could have access to, such as power points, sharp corners and cords. We were then able to move items or make them safe for Nahla to be around.
There are so many more things parents need to be wary of when it comes to baby-proofing their home. You can check out our ultimate checklist over on our blog for more tips!
What is the biggest danger around the house?
There are many potential dangers in the home; however, falling furniture, accidental poisoning and water safety would have to be in the top 3!
Drowning can occur in places all over the home such as pet bowls, nappy bins, sinks and pools - 75% of reported drownings occurred in the bathtub. Hot food and hot drinks are also a significant cause for concern - if tipped on your child they can cause great skin and nerve damage.
It’s also critical that your furniture is secured to walls in your home. You hear to often of chest of draws, TV units or bookcases falling on children because they were not bolted to the wall.
Recently dear little Alby who choked on quite a large ball shocked the nation and caused a lot of parents to reassess the toys around the house and be aware of any dangers. Is that type of thing just a freak accident or do parents and carers need to be mindful of hidden dangers like this?
As parents, we can only do so much to protect our little ones, and despite our best intentions to keep our babies safe, freak accidents unfortunately do happen. The best thing you can do is empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to act in a first aid emergency.
What is the most common cause of injury and death to infants and children?
One of the leading causes of death and injury in Australian children aged 0 - 4 years of age is drowning. In the last 16 years, we have sadly lost 127 Australian children to drowning.
Burns, accidental poisoning and falls from playground equipment are also common causes of injury in children aged 1 - 9.
In infants, the most common causes of injury were from drowning, burns and other environmental related illnesses such as hyperthermia. Sudden Infancy Death Syndrome (SIDS), is one of the most common causes of death in infants.
About Tiny Hearts First Aid
Tiny Hearts First Aid is Australia’s most trusted provider of baby and child first aid.
Tiny Hearts First Aid is a Registered Training Organisation that is listed with the Australian Skills Quality Authority and accredited to provide Nationally Recognised training (RTO #40664).
It is their mission to empower parents and caregivers through their courses with the vital knowledge and skill of paediatric first aid so they feel confident to act in any medical emergency when it comes to their little ones.
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