A First Aid course is a practical program that teaches how to handle burns, cuts, and other accident based injuries. Child First Aid Programs are extremely important so that parents and caregivers will know how to handle an emergency injury for a child. For some jobs it is a requirement to attend a first aid and cpr training course before taking care of a child or otherwise dependent person. Below we will cover class options and programs available in the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus areas of Ohio.
1. The American Red Cross is probably the largest resource for first aid classes available. Taking the combined CPR and First Aid course is highly recommended, as it covers choking, accidental cuts and burns, what to do if someone stops breathing, and much more. Their combination program is rather long, at 8 hours, but it is very much worth the class time you invest in it. The specifics for providing child and infant care during emergency situations is covered in depth, and practiced in class. In addition, the instructors are usually very well informed and able to handle your questions with stories of real life application. Local chapters of the American Red Cross are located downtown and throughout each community.
2. The American Heart Association has a course called the “Family & Friends First Aid for Children Course”, along with the traditional CPR and First Aid programs which cover child/infant/adult cpr and first aid. They have a great variety of programs that you can find and schedule an appointment for using their website.
3. For a basic overview of CPR and First aid for children, there is a resource called Firstaidweb.com. This program has a very clear overview of child cpr and first aid available for free, right online. It has options for certification, if that is something you would need also.
4. For an interactive online review of child CPR and First aid, you can attend the online courses available at Kidshealth.org. They have a great library of what to do for different kinds of emergency situations ranging from bites and scratches, to choking, or head injuries. A benefit of their website is that it includes audio to help guide you through their vast array of content.
Picking the right program for your goals is important. If you require Red Cross certification, then you will need to make sure the class you have registered for will provide you with the American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Card. It goes without saying that the more you learn and practice, the more prepared you will be to help when an emergency does present itself. Each of the courses listed above will help you to learn new techniques and assessment skills, and at the end of the day, it is what you know and put into action that can make all of the difference in someone else’s life.