Home is where the heart is, and it’s also the place where you are most likely to have an accident. Eek! But fret not – as always, we’ve got you covered. Jaydene Phillips, the training director of First Aid Counts, gave us some expert advice on how parents and caregivers can help to keep kids (and themselves) safe.

First-aid kit

Jaydene recommends keeping the following:

  • Bandages various sizes (at least 8), fabric plasters, and first aid dressings numbers 5, 3 and 2 – great for wounds and bleeding
  • Digital thermometer
  • Antiseptic spray (prediluted for quick action) and antiseptic and antihistamine crèmes
  • Medi-ice instant ice pack, gel hot and cold packs
  • Large pack of gauze or cotton pads (not cotton wool)
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Tweezers and safety pins
  • Burn dressings various sizes
  • Hydrogel (for sunburn) and sunscreen
  • 2 splints
  • Painkillers (over the counter)
  • Emergency blankets (especially for your car kit)
  • A torch

What skills should parents and caregivers know to keep kids safe?

Basic first aid and CPR are essential. These courses not only prepare you for how to assist in an emergency but also how to avoid them happening in the first place. Always know where your child is and have a visual of them. Kids are more likely to get hurt when left unattended, especially around water. Immediate CPR could double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.  

What is the most important thing we can do to make our homes safer for kids?

Pool nets and fences are an absolute must, yet these devices do not replace supervision, Jaydene explains.

Her other tips are:

  • Cover exposed plug outlets
  • Ensure buckets are always emptied and stored upside down
  • Have sturdy safety gates on stairs
  • Try cook on the back burners/plates to prevent little ones from pulling pots off the stove
  • Ensure the toilet seat is always down and taps securely closed
  • Cut a slit down a pool noodle and use it cover sharp edges on doors, tables and even trolley handles

First aid myths

Don’t believe everything you see in the movies, warns Jaydene. For instance, never put butter on a burn. You should hold it under running tap water for 10 to 15 minutes until the area is cool, then apply a sterile dressing. If the burn is large or deep, seek medical attention.

Cut and suck a snake bite? Absolutely not! The majority of snake bites are dry bites so cutting the area will increase bleeding and infection and sucking the wound will draw the blood stream closer to the venom.

You can sit in a steamy room with an asthmatic to provide some relief, but it will only be a temporary fix. Giving the person their asthma medication is more beneficial, but seek medical attention if they do not show any signs of improvement after that.

Make it easy for yourself

We all know what to do in an emergency, but when they happen, we often forget. So write down the numbers somewhere visible so your kids can call for help – teach them how when they are old enough. Apps like MySOS and Namola help you access emergency assistance.

If you want first-aid training, get in touch with Jaydene.


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