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Parents lack first aid skills to teach children

“You never know when you’ll need to give first aid yourself so it’s a good idea to get prepared now.

“If parents don’t have the first aid skills to cope with childhood emergencies then they will face difficulty when it comes to teaching their own kids about safety,” says Clive James, first aid trainer at St John Ambulance. Watch the first aid videos on this and the other articles in this section - so you always have the advice to hand.”

Parents lack first aid skills

And it’s not just kids that are lacking in the skills department.  The research  reveals that many parents don’t have essential first aid knowledge – especially for major incidents such as head injuries, broken bones or choking (75% of parents do not know how to deal with a choking child).  But even when it comes to the basics – like covering a minor wound with a plaster – 70% of parents aren’t following the correct procedures – leaving cuts open to dirt and infection.

 

“If parents don’t have the first aid skills to cope with childhood emergencies then they will face difficulty when it comes to teaching their own kids about safety,” says Clive James, first aid trainer at St John Ambulance. “You never know when you’ll need to give first aid yourself so it’s a good idea to get prepared now.  Watch the first aid video here and on the other pages in this section  so you always have the advice to hand.”

 

41% of parents have never even talked to their kids about dealing with risks or assessing danger, perhaps explaining why they are so reticent to let their kids enjoy adventurous activities.  Research amongst kids revealed: 1 in 4 children don’t know what to do in a fire, 1 in 3 don’t know how to stay safe in a thunderstorm and 1 in 2 wouldn’t know what to do if they became lost in the woods.

 

Just under half of parents surveyed say their children would not be very capable of finding their way home if lost; 40% of all parents think their children would struggle to ask for help from a responsible adult; and 69% think their kids lack the skills to perform very basic first aid for cuts and burns.

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