First Aid for Your Bundle of Joy: Are You Ready?

Newborn Baby From AustraliaCongratulations! You’re having a baby.

The thought of a bundle of joy finally gracing the home is exciting for most parents. A baby bump means baby showers, the creation of lists of names and the purchase of huge numbers of baby items. Truly, it can be one of the best times in anybody’s life.

Amidst the excitement, however, there are still plenty of things to think about — such as keeping the baby safe from harm.

Do you know what to do in case of an emergency?

For Australiawidefirstaid.com.au, a local provider of first aid training, it is essential for all parents, or soon-to-be-parents to know the basics of first aid. Such knowledge could save your baby’s life.

In Case of Choking

Babies love to explore and to test things with their mouths, which means they are also in danger of choking. As they grow up and start moving around, this can be a real hazard.

This is what you should do if your baby begins to choke:

  • If there is someone with you, ask them to call the emergency services. If you are alone, do the following first aid for 2 minutes, then call the emergency services.
  • Five back blows. Hold the baby face down with their head lower than their bottom. If you are sitting, they can be held firmly along your thigh. Whilst supporting the baby’s head, give five sharp blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand to try to dislodge the obstruction. Carefully turn the child over to check if the obstruction has been removed. If it is visible, gently remove it.
  • Five chest thrusts. If the obstruction has not been removed, hold the child securely on their back along your thigh, keeping their head lower than their bottom. Place two fingers in the middle of their chest, just below the level of the nipple, and push down up to five times.
  • Alternate between back blows and chest thrusts until the obstruction can be removed or help has arrived.

Understanding Febrile Seizures

Many parents are unaware of febrile seizures; they do not know how to recognise one or how to treat their child, should they suffer from one.

Febrile seizures happen due to fever or high temperature. Most cases occur in infants and young children. During a febrile seizure, the child may exhibit the following symptoms: arched backs, red face, clenched fists and stiffened body.

If your child suffers from febrile seizures:

  • Protect the child from injury. Do not restrain the baby or attempt to administer medicine during the seizure. Use a blanket or soft piece of cloth to protect their head from injury and turn them on one side to prevent them choking.
  • Cool the child by removing their outer clothes. If the room is hot, turn on the air conditioning or open a nearby window for a consistent air flow.
  • Call a medical professional. Call the doctor after the seizure, or call the emergency services during the seizure if your child has difficulty breathing or is choking, or if the seizure lasts for more than 3 minutes.

Keep your bundle of joy safe once they arrive. These first aid hints are important, but undertaking a full baby first aid course is one of the best things you can do to prepare for your baby’s arrival.