Nearly half of expectant parents don't know life saving baby first aid skills

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As Britain celebrates the birth of the most famous baby in the world with the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, we have received some shocking new statistics showing nearly half of expectant parents (44%) haven’t learnt basic first aid in preparation for the arrival of their baby.

Of the expectant parents surveyed, almost half (47%) rated baby-proofing the house and nursery as being more important than learning potential life-saving first aid skills. More than 1 in 5 (21%) said they don’t view learning first aid skills as being important, despite 65% admitting the thought of their child needing immediate first aid intervention makes them feel worried and 62% saying knowing first aid skills would make them feel more prepared for parenthood.

Sue Killen, St John Ambulance Chief Executive, said:
‘It’s devastating to find that over half of parents wouldn’t have the first aid confidence to save their own child’s life. Preparing for a baby is a busy time for expectant parents so it is no wonder some tasks go amiss. However, it is shocking that nearly half of new parents haven’t learnt first aid and wouldn’t know what to do if their baby needed help, yet two thirds say the thought of an accident makes them feel worried. Learning basic first aid is so simple and can be the difference between a life lost or saved, so parents don’t have to feel helpless and worried, giving them immediate peace of mind.’

Learn life saving skills

To give new parents the skills needed for a first aid emergency, we have produced a series of free videos available, containing first advice specifically for infants and children. You can also take a baby first aid course.


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