If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m a bit of a worrier, one of those that sees an accident coming way before it actually happens. I feel very strongly about being prepared in such situations, how to keep a calm head and help a person in need is crucial in an emergency.
Needless to say when we had the opportunity for a session with Jo from Daisy First Aid I was very excited indeed!
Whether you are home with the kids a lot or not, working together as a family to deal with emergency situations is essential. Refreshing key skills such as CPR and the Recovery Position (as well as a myriad of other things) should be on every family’s ‘To Do’ list.
Jo explained all the things we would cover in the class and we got stuck in straight away with the big question. What number do you call in an emergency? Both kiddies got this right! Then George reeled off our address and we were all pretty impressed!
After this we moved onto the Recovery Position. George was first up to have a go at pretending to be unconscious and Jo demonstrated the steps for us to have a go at afterwards. Jo was great with the kids, she was patient and explained everything in full to all of us.
George was extremely hyper (he prefers action to listening), so when it was time for him to have a go, he really got into it. Molly and I teamed up and I think we were pretty good at being unconscious, even if I do say so myself!
We were also taught the Recovery position for a baby, which was really interesting to learn. You really never know when these things will come into play, so it’s great to know all the different ways to deal with the same problem. As usual, Molly was a total star!
We then looked at CPR and once again, we all got stuck in. George and Molly really did take on board everything Jo was teaching them, I could see them checking the body to see if the air was going in and out/chest going up and down, and when it came to compressions they totally went for it.
Halfway through the class the kiddies went off for a bit (yes, Minecraft time!) whilst Warren and I went through some other bits with Jo. We covered burns, poisoning, Meningitis, head injuries and all sorts. It was very detailed and some of it quite eye-opening. It shows you how fast procedures change, and therefore how important it is to always be up-to-date with the latest guidelines.
To finish off our session the kiddies returned and we worked on choking and bandages. We discussed how real choking is actually silent, and the importance of not trying to scoop out any obstructions. Pinching an object out with your thumb and forefinger is the only safe way of removing something without pushing it further down the throat.
George was excellent at demonstrating how to give five blows to the baby’s back as well as chest thrusts.
When it came to bandaging, nobody escaped, not even the dog! And, to be fair, George and Molly were excellent; their bandages were so incredibly neat. Even Warren managed to pin me down and bandage my head!
I can highly recommend this course, Jo was great with the family dynamics and very engaging to have in our home. It felt more relaxed to have it in a house with people I know compared to sterile rooms where you know nobody. I felt a lot more information was retained because of our relaxed surroundings and group size.
Sessions are currently on offer for £20 per person in your home (£25pp from September), and I really cannot praise Jo and Daisy First Aid highly enough. Informative, practical and essential for emergency situations.
A huge thanks to Jo for coming into our home and teaching us invaluable life skills 🙂
Disclosure: I received a free course in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.