Teachers and nannies spend a substantial amount of time with children every day – playing, running, eating, swimming, and doing lots of other activities. A life-threatening incident is always lurking around the corner with little ones – that is inevitable. However, imagine if all nannies and teachers were armed with the right first aid and CPR tools to be able to save a little one’s life?
Here are some top reasons why you – if you’re a nanny or a teacher – need to be able to do paediatric CPR and basic first aid:
- It’s someone else’s child you’re responsible for: This is certainly the number one motivation for making sure you are equipped for an emergency situation. We don’t know about you, but we would certainly not want to live with haunting feelings of guilt if a child that was in our care had to die due to your lack of First Aid or CPR knowledge.
- Choking hazards: It’s extremely easy for a child to forget to chew properly or run around while eating and start choking. It doesn’t happen just with food for that matter – any small toy or object can be a choking hazard. If it gets stuck in the airway, breathing is obstructed within a matter of seconds. If the piece of food or object doesn’t come out naturally by coughing, the child may pass out and need resuscitation after their airway has been cleared from the obstruction.
- Allergic reactions: Extreme allergic reactions in children – often caused by certain foods, bee stings, or other insect bites – can lead to sudden death if not treated in time or appropriately. Even if antihistamine was given, if the child passed out, they may require resuscitation with CPR.
- Electrical shock: Children are feisty little things and we all know how they, for some reason, always do the opposite of what is asked of them. You can take all the necessary precautions, but a child will always manage to find a plug and think it’s a good idea to play with it. If a child suffers electrical shock, it can lead to cardiac arrest, in which case CPR will be necessary until emergency services arrive. A teacher or nanny should also know the first aid basics of dealing with electrical shocks – such as avoiding touching the victim and that the victim will need emergency medical attention even if they seem to be fine afterwards.
- Near-drowning: Teachers and nannies are often responsible for keeping an eye on children while they’re swimming but near-drownings often happen at random when eyes are taken off a small child for a moment and they wander outside and fall in the pool unprepared and by accident. CPR training is of utmost importance in such a case and equips teachers and nannies on how to deal with water-related accidents.
- Suffocation: Whether it’s a baby in a cot, children playing with plastic bags over their heads, or getting stuck in small, airtight spaces, suffocation is a serious emergency that requires CPR knowledge to buy an unconscious baby or child time until emergency services arrive.
- Every second counts: As soon as a child stops breathing or has a cardiac arrest, the most important thing to remember is that every second counts. Quick action is very important as emergency services can take a while to arrive and CPR buys time. It may just save a life.
If you are a parent, remember that simply asking your nanny if she knows CPR is not sufficient. Finding the right person for the job and helping them get a CPR certification and basic first aid training is imperative. If they claim that they are trained, ask for a copy of their certification and make sure the certification is recent or that they’ve done a refresher course.
Dynamikos empowers people with the knowledge and tools to act in life threatening situations. Since April 2005, DYNAMIKOS TRAINING NETWORK CC has provided training to educational institutions and clients across the Cape Metropole and surrounding regions. Its high-quality on-site training can be tailored to your unique requirements and will certainly make a difference to both individuals and employees in the workplace – equipping them with very necessary life skills.