5 Important First Aid Skills Every Child Needs to Know

We all know how important it is for adults to know about first aid techniques and practices.  But, it’s also important or kids to know them too.  Because as much as you want to be there for your kids when they are hurt or in trouble, there will be times when you aren’t.  Which is why it’s so important to begin teaching your kids what to do in case they ever find themselves in a medical emergency situation.   So, to help you successfully do this, here are five important first aid skills every kids needs to know.

5 Important First Aid Skills Every Child Needs to Know

1) How to get Help

If a kid finds them self in an emergency situation, they need to know how to get help.  So of course, making sure they know to call 9-1-1 is so important.  And a great way to do this, is by making it fun and role playing an emergency situation together; which could be acted out something like this…

  • Use a pretend phone that looks similar to the cell phones we use today and have you child dial 9-1-1.
  • You pretend to be the operator and say the following things…
    • Hello, what’s your emergency?
    • Where are you calling from?
    • What’s your name?
    • Is the person_____ (awake, breathing, throwing up, etc.)
    • I need you to_____ (tilt their chin back, roll them on to their side, etc.)
      • Take the time to role play different scenarios and make sure to give your child lots of praise and reassurance.

Sometimes, however, calling 9-1-1 isn’t an option.  So make sure to teach your child that go to a trusted neighbor’s house or flagging down someone driving by are also great ways to get help.

2) Know Where the First Aid Kit is and How to Use it

Children should know where the first aid kits are in their home.  Especially if they are going to be the only one there until medical help arrives.  So make sure your first aid kit is stocked up, in a place you child can easily access, and that they know how to use it.  A great way to teach your child how to use your first aid kit, is again by doing various role play scenarios.  Using a stuffed animal or even other family members as victims with variating injuries that require your child to use different objects from the first aid kit for treatment.

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3) Control the Bleeding

Bleeding caused by sever injuries can become a fatal problem very quickly.  So it’s important to teach your child that if they are every with someone who is severely bleeding, they need to find some type of clean cloth-like material to put on the injury and apply firm pressure to.  And remind them that if the cloth they are using because saturated with blood, that they should leave it applied to the wound and go get new cloth to put on top of the old one.  Continuing to do this until help arrives.

4) Know Family Health Conditions 

If there are people in your family who have specific health conditions like epilepsy, diabetes, allergies, etc. it’s important to teach your child how to help these particular family members in times of need.  And of course, the best way to do this is by talking them through it and acting out.  Maybe even getting your family member with the health condition could be a part of this process; helping your child know exactly what to do if they needed to help.

5) Know what to do if Someone is Unconscious

There may be a time when your child comes across someone who is unconscious and they are the only person to help.  So, it is important to teach and help them practice the following…

  • Call 9-1-1 or go get help.
  • Don’t move the person in case they have a spinal injury.
  • Check to see if the person is breathing
  • Check to see if the person has a pulse.
  • If they unconscious person is bleeding, cover the wound and apply pressure.

And that’s it!  Taking the time to review these steps frequently with your children will give them the knowledge and empowerment they need if they should ever find themselves in an emergency situation without an adult present.  Also, there are a lot of organizations in your community that offer free first aid classes for families and children.  So take some time to look those up and attend one.  Sometimes it’s helpful for children to learn the same topic from more than one person.   And finally, don’t forget to download the PREPIFY APP!  We have tons of great resources and supplies for first aid that will help make teaching these 5 first aid skills to your children so much easier!