How to teach your children about first aid

st John's AmbulanceAs a parent, your first thoughts when it comes to first aid may be how you would protect your children in the event of an emergency. After all, it’s vital that you’re able to act quickly and effectively to help your youngsters  should the need arise.

However, it’s important to be aware of the fact that children themselves need to know about first aid. In certain circumstances, their actions could help to save lives and reduce suffering.

Training

Luckily, it’s now easy to access first aid training for children. For example,St John Ambulance runs fun and interactive courses designed for young people aged between seven and 16 in primary and secondary schools.

In the home

It also helps to raise awareness of first aid in the home. The sooner you start introducing your children to the topic, the better. By broaching the topic with your youngsters, you can ensure they are better able to spot dangers and to react appropriately.

Role play

Kids love to play, so the best way to encourage them to think about first aid is to get them involved in games. For example, you can engage them in first aid-related role play. There are lots of variations of this activity to try out and you may want to test a selection of them.

To help your children understand when to dial 999, you can act out different emergency scenarios and get them to decide whether or not to call for assistance. You can also pretend to be an emergency operator at the other end of the phone to help ensure your youngsters know what information to give.

Another great role play game involves writing descriptions of first aid scenarios on cards. You can then get your kids to choose cards and to act out the medical emergencies described on them while everyone else tries to guess what it is. When someone has the right answer, you can discuss what the proper action and treatment would be.

True or false

You might also want to try a game of true or false by preparing and reading out a mixture of accurate and inaccurate first aid statements. To make the game more fun for your children, you can add an element of competition. For example, each time they get an answer right, they can take a step forward but if they get one wrong, they have to move back to the beginning.

Memory games

To familiarise your children with the contents of first aid kits, you may want to play a memory game. For example, you can gather a number of medical supplies, such as plasters, gauze and ointment, and place them on a table. Once you’ve given your children an opportunity to look at the objects, get them to turn around before removing an item. After your kids have had a chance to survey the supplies once more, get them to guess which is gone.

This is a great way to encourage your youngsters to learn the names of the items required in a first aid situation.whatmummythinks-sponsored post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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