Unfortunately for us as parents, our little ones can find themselves in a first aid accident at any age, anytime and any place. While seeing bub hurt or injured can be distressing, it is essential for parents to prepare themselves for a first aid emergency and be ready to spring into action at any time!

We are joined by our friends over at Tiny Hearts First Aid to share their top tips for being prepared for a first aid incident with your little one:

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1. Keep a first aid kit handy

Every home should have a fully stocked and readily accessed first aid kit on hand. At Tiny Hearts First Aid, we recommend including equipment such as resuscitation masks, thermometers, ice packs and bandages.

While there are so many more items you can include, we consider these the most important for caregivers to keep in their first aid kit.

If gathering all the ingredients to make the perfect first aid kit isn’t up your alley, you can purchase a fully stocked first kit from Tiny Hearts First Aid here.

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2. Keep a record of their health and medication

As much as we wish it weren’t true – as parents, we can’t predict or protect our babies from a first aid accident. Trips, bumps and scrapes merely happen!

However, it is in your control and essential for caregivers to keep a record of any prior health conditions, such as allergies or asthma. This way, you can better prepare yourself (or anyone else minding bub) for what to do if the child were to undergo another episode.

Keeping medication records is also super important. When administering medicine to your little one, be sure to write down the type of medication (e.g., paracetamol or ibuprofen), the time and date it was delivered, and by whom. By keeping medication records, you can ensure that there is no doubling up when handing over to another caregiver.

3. Keep important phone numbers and address close by

Key emergency phone numbers (such as Poisons Hotline or Nurse on Call (VIC) and Healthline Direct (NSW)) should be kept in your phone and also written down at all times – you could even stick a copy on the fridge or next to the phone! We also recommend writing down your home address and phone number and popping it near your phone. The reason for this is because when a 000 operator asks for your location, the most common answer is I’m at home. And surprisingly, 000 doesn’t know where you live! This is also beneficial if you ever have visitors in the house.

If you are a caregiver of children, you should have a two of the child’s emergency contacts updated and available. In the case of a first aid incident, it’s important to let them know what’s happened and what action you took.

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4. Keep a folder of child health and safety apps on your phone

Lucky for this generation of parents, there is a mass of handy first aid apps that all parents or caregivers should keep on their phone. Tiny Hearts First Aid, recommends their custom-built app for anyone wanting to expand or refresh their first aid knowledge.

Other great apps to keep on your smartphone are the Red Nose Safe Sleeping app by SIDS and Kids, and the Emergency + app developed by Australia’s emergency services.

5. Keep your first aid training updated

So, this one’s a no-brainer. Without adequate first aid training, all of the apps and first aid kits in the world won’t help you in a first aid emergency!

Ensure you register yourself and any other key caregivers into a paediatric first aid course and refresh yourself annually to keep up to date with content. Here at Tiny Hearts, we offer public, private and corporate courses – you can find out about all of our course options here.