First Aid - essential know-how.

April 18

When a new baby comes into our lives, the last thing we want to think about is the possibility of that baby dying before she has reached a ripe old age. Furtunately this is rare but it can happen. 
According to the Royal Life Saving Society UK, 77% of people in the UK do not know how to perform CPR (resuscitation), or how to give basic first aid. Even just some basic knowledge about the symptoms of meningitis, the way to deal with a head injury, how to help a child who is choking, and how to resuscitate a child or baby, can make the difference between life and death.
St John Ambulance reports on a mother, Natasha Jones, who successfully resuscitated her 11-week-old daughter, preventing her from dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In December 2017, the Mirror reported on a mother who successfully resuscitated her son, who was born with a congenital heart defect, on three separate occasions. And, as recently as the beginning of March, little Austin Tierney made the news for having been successfully resuscitated – and making a full recovery – after he stopped breathing whilst suffering from meningitis and septicaemia.
Resuscitation and first aid training is simple and straightforward, and equips parents with all the skills they need to help their baby or child in an emergency. No parent should feel helpless when their child is in danger. And no child should die unnecessarily.
• According to the Lullaby Trust, 191 babies died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death) in the UK in 2015;
• Children under the age of 9 are most at risk of contracting bacterial meningitis, a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain;
• According to Injury Facts 2017, choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the UK; and
• According to annual UK mortality statistics, 31% of child deaths in 2015 were from causes considered avoidable.


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