How many of us, as parents, are savvy when it comes to basic first aid procedures? Would we know what to do if a common emergency occurred at home? How would we react if our child had an accident and needed urgent help?
If you have babies or children at home, it can be a great idea to take part in a parental first aid course- not only to learn the skills needed to manage a medical emergency but also to gain the confidence required to put them into practice should disaster strike.
Here are some of the best parental first aid courses available in Brisbane.
Mater Mother's Baby First Aid A first aid course specifically tailored for those with babies, Mater Mother's promise to fully equip parents with the 'knowledge, skills and confidence needed to care for their baby should they face an emergency.'
The course covers a range of different emergency procedures including resuscitation for infants and young children, what to do if your child is choking, how to handle allergic reactions and many more.
Location:Mater Mother's Hospital, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane 4101 Duration:2.5 Hours Cost:$90 per person or $160 per couple
St John Ambulance 'Caring for Kids' course The 'Caring for Kids' course is designed for parents and guardians of babies and children up to the age of 12. They promise to cover a number of different topics such as CPR, choking, head injuries and childhood illness, as well as the highly useful 'bites and stings' segment.
As well as gaining vitals skills and knowledge on how to manage emergency situations, you will also be issued with a certificate of attendance once you have completed the course.
Location:225 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley 4006 Duration:1 Day Cost:$130 per student
Tiny Hearts First Aid CEO of Tiny Hearts, Nikki Jurcutz, was working as a paramedic when she realised that there was a distinct lack of basic first aid knowledge within the communities and families she was called to. And so, with the help of her sister, Tiny Hearts First Aid was born.
As well as covering the basic aspects of parental first aid, the course also covers information on water safety and drowning, safe sleeping techniques and the risks of 'Sudden Infant Death Syndrome' (SUDS) and a number of other procedures, promising to offer 'the most comprehensive list of topics available in the industry.'
Location:Mantra on Queen, 570 Queen St, Brisbane 4000 Duration:4 Hours Cost:$95 and a booking fee of $5.27 per person
Red Cross Baby and Child First Aid Course Did you know that as well as working tirelessly with vulnerable people and communities across Australia, the Red Cross also offer a range of different first aid courses to the public- including a course specifically designed for parents and carers of babies and children.
During the course, you will learn the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to respond to common childhood illness' and injuries such as basic life support and CPR, breathing complications such as choking and asthma, infection control, wound care and even how to cope with shock.
Location:94 Park Road, Milton 4064 Duration:4 Hours Cost:$85 per student
First Aid Demonstrations 'Prevent an injury from becoming a tragedy' with First Aid Demonstrations. Paediatric emergency nurse, Laura Mulcahy believes that 80% of childhood injuries occur in the home and as parents, we need to know how to not only handle emergency situations but to also prevent them from happening in the first place.
During the course you will learn about the most common causes of injury within the home and how to prevent them, as well as CPR, choking procedures and how to initiate first aid to a child whilst waiting for an ambulance. In addition to invaluable skills and knowledge, you will also receive a number of handouts and information sheets to take home with you.
Locations:Kidsafe House, 50 Bramston Terrance, Herston 4006 & Baby n Things, 1230 Logan Rd, Mount Gravatt 4122 Duration:2-2.5 Hours Cost:Prices start from $60 per person