First aid for children

Child being comforted

St John Ambulance has teamed up with Elastoplast to launch a new initiative called 'First aid for children’- a series of essential first-aid fact sheets for parents.

Follwing research carried out by Elastoplast into parents knowledge of first aid, the two organisations are working together to encourage parents to educate themselves in first aid.

The results

Results from research carried out by Elastoplast included:

  • 66% of dads can only deliver basic first aid such as applying a plaster or giving paracetamol to their child
  • 1 in 3 dads and 1 in 5 mums have been in an emergency situation when they did not know how to help their child.

As parents we should all be able to master the simple techniques that can prevent unnecessary distress and pain if our child, or any other child in our care, has an accident – and in the most extreme case, we might even save a life.

Dr Mark Porter
GP and broadcaster

‘Accidents are bound to happen and Elastoplast’s research shows that parents can never know enough about first aid,’ says Dr Mark Porter, GP and broadcaster. ‘As parents we should all be able to master the simple techniques that can prevent unnecessary distress and pain if our child, or any other child in our care, has an accident – and in the most extreme case, we might even save a life.’

The easy-to-read fact sheets offer potentially life-saving advice on how to deliver emergency first aid for children in a whole host of situations: from unconsciousness and hypothermia right through to cuts and nosebleeds. They are available to download exclusively at www.elastoplast.co.uk.

Clive James, Product Development Manager at St John Ambulance said: 'You never know when you’ll need to give first aid so it’s a good idea to get prepared now. It’s well worth parents printing off the fact sheets and storing them with a first aid kit so they are ready for an emergency.

‘Or you can learn basic and emergency skills first hand on a course if you want that added knowledge to help you care for your family.’

Even though three quarters of parents ‘claim’ they are completely confident dealing with something as basic as a cuts or graze, in reality they do not know the correct procedure to follow. A whopping 76% of parents believe it is not necessary to cover a minor cut with a plaster. St John Ambulance’s advice is very clear: always use a plaster to help prevent infection.

Download the factsheets and find out more about 'First aid for children'.

Elastoplast logo - 'First aid for children'