All You Need to Know About…… Paediatric First Aid

In our classes we frequently discuss other topics of interest to our parents. Over the next few weeks we’ve invited in various guest bloggers and friends to let us know more about some of these topics and to give you a point of reference.

Betty Gat
Betty Gat, Director, Baby Safe Training

Betty Gat is the director of BABY SAFE TRAINING, an organisation which provides first aid courses for parents. Here Betty talks about the importance of ensuring that you are well versed in simple first aid skills that could help you deal with an emergency.

Whether you’re an expectant parent or a seasoned pro, you should have the skills to deal with various emergencies your little one may throw at you. Raising children does not come with a manual, we figure it out as we go along and learn with every new experience. However equipping yourself with first aid skills is something that you can learn BEFORE an accident occurs. Often parents join my courses after a specific incident has occurred, and this is great, but having the knowledge before an accident is even better. Would you know what to do if your child cut themselves, swallowed pills, was choking, or worse, stopped breathing?

A lot of the time parents are endlessly provided with information regarding prams, car seats, sterilising equipment and other ‘must haves’ surrounding the arrival of a new baby. Whilst this is all useful information, most of it is trivial when you are faced with the realisation of not knowing what to do in an emergency. I don’t believe a lot of emphasis is placed on this subject and it’s importance, especially at antenatal classes. We are expected to take our baby home after a couple of hours and get on with it! But if the worst should happen?

There are various sources of information on first aid, such as books, dvd’s, phone apps and the internet. Whilst reading up on the subject is better than doing nothing, an actual course is by far the most effective way of learning these skills. A first aid course will provide you with the practical element of actually performing resuscitation and the techniques needed to deal with a choking casualty. And trust me, this is much different to what you see on TV! It is only when you are able to put these techniques into practise (on mannequins) that you realise how important and difficult it is to do correctly.

Having experienced, first hand, my child choking, I can safely say that I was so glad to have invested some time and effort, all those years ago, to take a first aid course. I immediately knew how to spot the signs of choking and take the correct action quickly and without too much panic!

I would also strongly advise parents who employ nannies, au pairs, babysitters and even grandparents, to make sure that those who have responsibility for looking after your children, in your absence, are equipped to handle an emergency. I have found that a lot of foreign speaking nannies and au pairs shy away from taking such courses because of the language barrier. This should not be an issue or an excuse as the course incorporates a lot of practical elements, not just theory.

In addition to taking a first aid course, your home and car should contain a good first aid kit. At present there are no strict guidelines on what should be included in a first aid kit, so you will find various versions out in the shops. I have a slight obsession with first aid kits and have looked at various products out on the market.  In all honesty, I could not find one that had everything I wanted/needed for a fair price. I therefore took it upon myself to source a first aid kit which, I believe, to be a worthy contender! If you wish to have a look at the kit and it’s content please refer to my website, www.babysafetraining.com. This kit cannot be purchased in the shops so if you wish to place an order you can do so from my website. You will also receive a £5 discount if attending one of my courses – just mention Little Signers Club!

First aid skills are something that you should , hopefully, never need to utilise. However you should still possess them. You never know when they could come in handy! Don’t feel helpless when it really matters.

Betty Gat, Director at Baby Safe Training

http://www.babysafetraining.com

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All You Need to Know About…… Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for babies and children

In our classes we frequently discuss other topics of interest to our parents. Over the next few weeks we’ve invited in various guest bloggers and friends to let us know more about some of these topics and to give you a point of reference.

Tamara Donn is an EFT practitioner specialising in mothering issues; we are delighted to welcome her along this week to tell us more about Emotional Freedom Technique and how it can help babies, children and parents too! 

As we sat on by the edge of the swimming pool, my daughter, age 6, was shivering and scared of her imminent swimming lesson.   I was feeling slightly helpless and struggling to find yet another helpful suggestion for her.  I’d exhausted statements such as “I can see you are scared.  It’s going to be OK – you know the teacher and she will go at your pace”, “You’ll feel better when you are in the water”, “its only half an hour”, “you’ll be able to swim when we go on holiday” or the even less helpful “I’ve paid for it so you have to do it”!!!

Then I remembered EFT (Emotional Healing Techniques)/ Tapping.  So I took her hand and gently started tapping on her.  Within a few minutes she took a deep sigh and said “I’m ready now mummy!”  What would I do without such a powerful  tool.  That was 6 years ago.  I loved the technique so much, I trained in EFT and now support other mothers and pregnant women with issues relating to parenting issues.

Here is a short and incomplete list of some of the things EFT could help with in the realm of parenting:

  • Trying to conceive
  • Pregnancy fears, morning sickness
  • During labour for pain and anxiety
  • Crying, sleeping and feeding issues
  • Birth trauma
  • Post-natal depression
  • Tantrums
  • Anxiety about school
  • Bullying
  • And pretty much anything else you can think of!!!

So what is EFT?

EFT is a powerful self-healing tool that is safe and easy to learn – even for little ones – with often fast results.  It is like acupuncture without needles  for emotions.  You can use it on yourself, your children/ family or go to a practitioner for more complex issues.  EFT is like acupuncture for the mind, body and spirit without using needles but tapping on the acupoints instead while saying various phrases.  The theory behind EFT is that all negative emotions are disruption in the body’s energy system tapping the acupoints smoothes the energy to flow freely again.  Imagine a water hosepipe that is twisted.  The water will not be able to flow through but untwisting the hosepipe (which is what EFT does) allows water to flow again.

How do I do EFT?

Using the example I gave above, here is what I said to my daughter at the swimming pool.

Before you try it, familiarise yourself with the points in the diagram.  Don’t worry about getting it too precise.  EFT is very forgiving.  Try it and see!

EFT Tapping Points

Step 1:

Repeat step 1 three times

Tap on the side of the hand on the Karate Chop point (KC) and repeat the following:

Even though you are cold and scared of swimming, you are OK

Step 2:

Repeat step 2 twice.

Tap on each of the points (about 7 times) in sequence saying the following at each point

Tap on point 1 (Inside eyebrow) and say “cold”

Tap on point 2 (Outside of eye socket) and say “scared”

Tap on point 3 (Under eye) and say “don’t want to go swimming”

Tap on point 4 (Under nose) and say “cold”

Tap on point 5 (Chin) and say “scared”

Tap on point 6 (Collarbone – use a fist but be gentle) and say “don’t want to go swimming”

Tap on point 7 (Under arm on bra line for women or parallel to nipple) and say “cold”

Tap on point 8 (Top of head) and say “scared”

Here are some other example:

For an exhausted parent:
Step 1: “Even though I’m so exhausted, my baby won’t sleep and I can’t sleep, I deeply and completely accept myself”
Step 2: “exhausted”, “can’t cope”, “can’t sleep”, “baby can’t sleep”,…

For a crying baby (tapping very very gently):
Step 1: “Even though you are crying, maybe you are hurting, maybe you are scared, you are safe here with me”
Step 2: “crying”, “sad”, “tears”, “hurting”, “scared”, “you are safe”,…

For a child who is scared of saying goodbye ate nursery:
Step 1: “Even though you don’t want me to leave, you wish we could be together forever, you are OK”
Step 2: “scared”, “want me to stay”, “don’t want to say bye bye”, “want to go home”,…

To download a free EFT manual so you can get started today, go here:  http://www.eftforwomen.co.uk/free-eft-manual.html

For more details go you http://www.eftforwomen.co.uk/ or call 01923 260050.  One-to-one sessions available in person in Kings Langley, or by phone or skype.  Workshops in Kings Langley and London.