5 reasons all parents should learn First Aid I was lucky as a teenager that I learned First Aid at both the Red Cross and in Guides. I never really got the chance to use it in anger apart from the odd sprained ankle and a few rugby injuries though.. Once I became a parent I considered re-doing my first aid training but there never seemed to be time to do it. Luckily some of the basics had always stuck with me, so when my children had some potentially scary accidents I:
1) Didn't panic
When my son was 3 he had a tumble on a friend's trampoline and came into the house with blood everywhere from his head. Thanks to first aid training I knew that
a) head wounds usually look worse than they are b) applying pressure with a clean cloth will reduce/stop the bleeding
So I sat quietly with my son on my lap and he calmed down whilst the pressure worked - on this occasion it was just a large graze!