Having some knowledge of first aid is really important to me as a Mum, for my peace of mind. I hope that I never really have to use it but as time is of the essence in an emergency situation, being able to quickly recall what to do could make a difference.
I was lucky to get the chance to do a first aid course a couple of years ago at my local children’s centre, which covered all the important topics like choking, falls and burns. As time goes by though, knowledge can get rusty and sometimes recommendations can change. There has recently been an update to the procedure on coping with a choking infant, which is covered in the new 10th edition First Aid Manual published by DK. An infant should now be treated on a first aider’s leg instead of along an arm.
The book is written and authorised by St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s First Aid and The British Red Cross, and is the only first aid guide to be endorsed by all three of the UK’s leading first aid providers.