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First Aid Course for Parents

Posted on | September 19, 2009 | No Comments

Recently Sibéal, our carnivore aged 5, was chomping on some steak as is her wont, when she started going very red in the face and making a godawful noise. She was choking and we needed to do something asap. Its been 10 years since I did a first aid course,  shortly after Oscar was born, so most of what I’ve learnt is a bit hazy. Thankfully on this occasion, the food had only partially blocked her airway and we were able to remove it quickly.

The whole episode reminded me acutely that I need to refresh my first aid skills very soon. I need to know whats the correct and fastest course of action without having to think about it.

It was therefore a very welcomed coincidence when Claire and Martina from Tots2Teens parenting website contacted me about their 1 day intensive  Pediatric First Aid Courses.

I think its a brilliant idea.

An extensive range of first aid scenarios and treatment is covered in one day:

  • Approach to an accident
  • Disorders of breathing and CPR
  • Wounds, bleeding and trauma
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Burns and scalds
  • Medical Emergencies

The next few courses are running in the following locations on these dates:

3rd October 2009 & 7th November 2009   – Bewleys Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
17th October 2009 & 14th November 2009 – Kingsley Hotel, Victoria Cross, Cork

It costs €140 per person or €250 per couple. As a parent, I believe this is great value for something I hope I’ll never have to use but chances are, with kids, I will. Being prepared, knowing how to assess the scenario and apply the right procedure is crucial for my peace of mind. Looking forward to attending the Cork course.

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