Welcoming my Guest Blogger today; Norma Lewis from Norma Lewis Nannies
Would you know what to do?
This is a true story…..
My husband is a licensed London taxi driver. Last year, as he was driving around St. John’s wood, London, a well dressed woman frantically waved him down. She asked my husband to take her to a certain hospital, and to get her there desperately urgently. It turned out that she had been babysitting for her grandson, who had choked on something. She called the ambulance but in the meantime had no knowledge of what to do in order to help him.
The ambulance thankfully apparently came quickly, but the woman really was distraught with worry, and didn’t know whether the child was alright or not. My husband drove the woman to the hospital just as fast as he could.
I don’t know what happened next, or whether the story has a happy ending, so I can’t pass that on to you………
What I can tell you is that according to CAPT, (Child Accident Prevention Trust), around 29,000 under-15s have to go to A&E after choking on something or swallowing non-toxic items other than food. That’s 80 children every day.
I can also tell you that it takes less than 3 minutes for a child to go from happy, laughing and playing, to brain damaged, unconscious or dead.
So – would you know what to do?
There are videos on the internet that you can watch that show you what to do in an emergency such as I have just described, including demonstrations of abdominal thrusts, (which used to be known as the Heimlich manoeuvre, and was demonstrated in the restaurant scene in the kids’ favourite “Mrs Doubtfire”.)
However, watching something on screen is not the same as attending a first aid course, and being taught properly what to do, and practicing for yourself on mannequins.
PLEASE don’t think that someone choking, or being injured, could never happen to you or your family. It really could. Be prepared learn what to do.
My paediatric first aid courses are open to parents and grandparents as well as to nannies and au pairs etc. – they are for ANYONE who cares for a child.
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call me on 020 8950 8611 / 020 70 60 40 50.
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