The Immediate care given to an Infant or child who has been injured or who has become ill prior to the arrival of qualified medical assistance.
As a paediatric first aider it is important that
you can assess the infant or child and make
decision based on your assessment.
There are many types of Paediatric first aid courses. It is important that the course you choose meets the standards and regulations set by:
Paediatric first aid focuses on the provisions of first aid in Infants and a child.
Infants-Aged 0-1 years of age
Child- 1 to the onset of puberty
The child who has reached the stages of puberty is classed as a young adult and resuscitation through CPR alone becomes ineffective, AED is require.
First aid certificates are valid for 3 year, it is highly recommended by the HSE and EYFS that individual have additional or refresher training in first aid over the 3 year period. A risk assessment should be conducted with this question in mind. Do I or staff need continuous training in paediatric first aid? Life Lines knows the answer. Life Lines offers free E-Learning to everyone working with children. If you are reading this then you are CPD.
The role and responsibilities of the paediatric first aider will be dependent on the occupation of the setting for example child carers at home may work alone compared to the nursery where others may be available to help. The following responsibilities that must be considered for both environments.
Making the emergency phone call is one of the important aspects of saving a child's life. There are 2 number to use.
This number can be phoned from land line or mobile. When phoning from a land line your location can be identified immediately by the emergency services.
This number is the European emergency number, however when used from a mobile your location can be pin pointed. This number is ideal when lost or involved in a road traffic accident.
Anyone can make that call. What is important is that the individual has the information to pass on. None first aiders my struggle with first aid terminology. Keep it simple and confirm they understand what is being asked of them.
Before making the emergency call it is important to assess the child or infant, the information gained should be passed onto the emergency service who can assist you in first aid.
During the call remain calm and speak slowly and clearly. Inform them:
Important: Infant/Babies should go with you when you make the call. Some children may be to heavy to carry its advised to leave them.
After making the call you can leave the phone on loud speaker, Listen to any advice given by the emergency services. As a paediatric first aider you should return to the casualty as quickly as possible especially when CPR needs to be given.