Could you save your child’s life in an emergency? Learn first-aid now!
Injuries are the leading cause of death in Australian children aged one to fourteen, accounting for nearly half of all deaths in this age group. That’s more than those that die of cancer, asthma and infectious diseases combined! (Kidsafe WA, 2017).
In fact, according to Kisdafe, every year approximately 250 children are killed and a staggering 58 000 are hospitalised with moderate to severe injuries, all as a result of accidents. Of these fatalities and injuries, recent Kidsafe data shows that:
- Over half of infant deaths and injuries occur in the family home.
- Drowning is the biggest cause of death for children below the age of 5 in Australia.
- Poisoning is one of the leading causes of childhood injury, leading to over 6000 children below the age of 5 being admitted to hospital.
- Burns and scalds account for a large proportion of serious childhood injuries in Australia. It’s critical to note that at only 60 degrees, well below the boiling point of water, a child can suffer a third degree burn in just one second. Severe scalds are a devastating injury, which inevitably require multiple surgeries and often leave lifelong scarring.
- Choking too is an extremely common event with babies and toddlers and is often caused by nuts, raw apple and carrot, coins, magnets and button batteries, which can easily be fatal if swallowed.
Further research by Kidsafe shows that:
- Between 2010 and 2015, there was a total of 38,855 injury presentations to the PMH ED for children between 0 and 4 years of age.
- Children between 0 and 4 years of age represent over one third (40.3 %) of total injury presentations.
- Toddlers aged 1 and 2 years recorded the greatest number of injuries of the babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers age groups, accounting for 26.0% and 24.8% of presentations respectively.
- Males are at greater risk of injury amongst 0 to 4 year olds, accounting for 55.9% of presentations.
- Almost all injuries (99.0%) were due to unintentional circumstances.
Of course, we as parents always hope and pray that our own children will never be involved in an accident or misadventure that will put their lives at risk. However, even in the safest of environments, the potential for such an event is always present. Therefore, it’s vital that all parents, especially those with infants and toddlers, learn child-specific first aid! It’s also essential that they refresh this training annually.
When you learn child-specific first aid from an experienced trainer, you’ll have the confidence and peace-of-mind knowing that if your child’s life hangs in the balance due to drowning, poisoning, burns, choking etc, you’ll know exactly what to do to save them!
However, if you haven’t been trained in child-specific first aid, then the chances that you’ll be able act appropriately in an emergency drop dramatically!
So if you love your children, as you most certainly do, then don’t put their lives at risk by not knowing what to do should an emergency happen. Please, please, please, if you have small children, do a child-specific first-aid course as soon as possible! Our courses can be run in your own home for your friends and family and you will be amazed as to how much you actually learn, regardless of what previous training you may have. The simple fact is that such training will cost you a maximum of $85 and a few hours of your time, which is a miniscule amount to pay to learn how to save your child’s life; a life that is absolutely priceless.
About The Author
Steven Lewsen is a former ambulance officer and medical lecturer. He has been running first aid courses for over 20 years and has personally taught over 20,000 people how to save lives.
He is exceptionally well-known throughout the Perth metropolitan area and has a reputation for providing a very high quality course to the public.
He is well-respected guest speaker on first-aid topics and has appeared on National Nine News and radio programs seeking his first-aid expertise. He has also run a medical series on ABC radio in both WA and Victoria, which was credited with saving a number of lives.
Kidsafe WA. (2017) Kidsafe WA Childhood Injury Bulletin. Available at http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/_assets/files/Injury%20Surveillance%20Documents/Bulletin%20-%20Injuries%20to%20Babies%20Toddlers%20and%20Pre-schoolers.pdf