• Basic First Aid for Children at Home

    It is reported that children under 5 are most at risk to injury within the home, boys being more likely than girls. This is because young children are unable to assess risks. Their perception of the environment around them is often limited and their lack of experience and development, such as poor coordination and balance results in them being injured. Children above the age of 5 are more likely to obtain injuries such as fractures.

    Caring for a child includes ensuring their safety.

    As parents, we all know that we can’t watch our little ones 24/7 and often hire help to support us. It is inevitable that there will be bumps and bruises along the way, however we all dread that phone call from our child’s nursery or carer informing us that they have taken yet another tumble.

    So, what are the minimum requirements for basic first aid in the UAE?

    There are no guidelines on the minimum requirements that any child carer should have here in the UAE. Whilst many parents source private nannies, some choose a home care company that have dedicated child caregivers like Emirates Home Nursing.

    What sets us apart is that all of our nurses have a BSc degree in nursing and are registered nurses in their home country. In addition, all our staff attend courses which include paediatric and adult training as well as accredited basic life support. This may seem over-cautious but we feel it’s imperative that our nurses are ready for any mishaps and are able to deal with them calmly.

    We know how important basic first aid is and recommend that you have a first aid kit at home. This can be purchased from a pharmacy or healthcare facility and includes plasters, sterile saline water, antiseptic cream, gauze and slings, and many more useful items.

    Anyone providing childcare should be given special instructions that can be helpful when taking care of your child. Our nurses sometimes ask lots of questions which may seem as common sense to a busy parent, however to someone first meeting your child it will be useful information. We always make sure that nurses are aware of any allergies your child may have prior to coming to your home to avoid any incidents.

    Allergies, cuts and grazes, burns, poisoning and bumps to the head are probably the most common injuries to occur when caring for a young child. We recommend that parents provide us with their daily routine. This is important as children who are tired are more likely to become clumsy which may result in an injury. Including any allergies, likes and dislikes will help prevent any incidents from occurring and providing emergency contact details is essential in the case of any accident.

    It is also a good idea to safe proof your home. Keeping a child friendly home is key to preventing accidents. Making sure all harmful chemicals and medicines are locked and out of reach is something we often overlook. Covering sharp edges, using baby gates near stairs, keeping blind cords out of reach and providing a soft flooring are all some of the things you can do.

    Parenting is full of ups and downs and a journey that often results in the same experiences for many of us. We can’t wrap our little ones in cotton wool, bumps, bruises and grazed knees are all part of the fun. Be prepared for these mishaps and have your first aid kit at the ready!

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