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Baby First Aid

12 Jun 2018

As we head into the summer, a few bumps and scrapes are bound to happen as babies and young children explore the outdoors. It pays to be prepared for any eventuality...

Top Tips for safe outdoors fun: 

• Avoid insects - teach your children to leave insects alone and keep footwear on. 

• Check your surroundings - broken glass, nails, sharp corners can be hidden dangers. 

• Drink plenty of water - dehydration can be dangerous so keep your children topped up. 

• Be water safe - never leave a child unattended near water or near a paddling pool. 

• Keep a kit - always carry plasters, sting relief ointment, sun-cream, a hat and water with you. 

• For anything more serious, it pays to familiarise yourself with baby friendly First Aid.

CHOKING: 

1. Slap it out. Lay your baby face down on your thigh and support their head. Give up to five back blows between their shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. 

2. Check their mouth. Lay your baby on your thigh face up. Carefully pick out any obvious objects with your fingertips 

3. Squeeze it out. Using two fingers, give up to five downward chest thrusts. Check the mouth. If the obstruction hasn’t cleared call 999/112 for emergency help 

4. Call 999/112. Take your baby with you and call 999 or 112. Repeat the above steps 1 to 3 until help arrives.

STOPPED BREATHING: 

1. Call 999/112 for emergency help. If you’re alone, give one minute of CPR before calling on a speaker phone. 

2. Breathe. Open the airway. Put your lips around their mouth and nose and blow steadily for up to one second. Give five initial rescue breaths. 

3. Pump. Using two fingers in the centre of the chest, give 30 chest compressions at a rate of 100-120 per minute. 

4. Repeat. Give two rescue breaths followed by 30 chest compressions. Continue CPR until help arrives.

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