Whether at home, playing at the park, or running around in the backyard, your child is bound to have an accident at one point or another during their childhood. Try as we might, unless we keep our children in a plastic bubble, they are bound to have an accident or two in their lifetime. While most of these accidents are non-life threatening, there is a chance that their accident will require medical attention. First aid training for caregivers will ensure your children are in the best of hands.
Nannies, child care providers, and other domestic helpers often begin caring for our children without completing proper first aid training. While everyone benefits from first aid training, it’s of particular importance for individuals caring for or working in proximity with our children to receive proper training in emergency medical care techniques.
What is First Aid Training?
In the event of a medical emergency, first aid is the initial assistance provided to a child or individual while waiting for the medical professionals to arrive. In the worst of cases, first aid can be the difference between life and death. Before employing a new nanny, babysitter, or childcare provider, you should require proof of a recently completed first aid course.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a medical technique that could save the life of a child that has stopped breathing or is choking. However, when performed incorrectly, CPR could cause damage. A first aid certificate from a reputable training firm provides concrete proof to parents and potential employers that their child/loved ones are in the best hands in the event of a medical emergency.
At HSS we recommend all individuals who work with your children become certified in CPR and other basic first aid medical techniques. Ranging from 4 to 6 hours, entry level first aid classes provide a number of life-saving medical techniques, to include what to do in the event of any of the following medical emergencies:
- Drowning or not breathing
- High fever or seizures (fitting)
- Stings and bites
- Fractures or broken bones
- Head and spinal injuries
- Communicable diseases
Additionally, basic first aid will provide your at home nanny, maid, or child care provider with information pertaining to general child safety, creating a child-proof environment, and identifying potential dangers and hazards.
HSS First Aid Training for Nannies and Caregivers
In the event of a medical emergency, requiring your nanny or caregiver to complete licensed first aid training could prove to be the difference between life and death. For those caregivers who work with or around your children on a regular basis, to include your domestic staff, first aid training is essential.
At HSS Health & Safety, we are proud to offer a wide range of first aid training classes, geared for all levels of experience – including our Back2Basics First Aid and Home Safety Courses for parents, maids, and nannies. Our comprehensive Pediatric First Aid course is developed specifically for nannies and maids to prepare them in the event of a medical emergency with your child.
When it comes to the health and safety of your children and loved ones, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Contact a member of our team to learn more about first aid training for your household staff and caregivers.