Monday, 31 October 2011

Would you know what to do in an emergency?

Firstly, this is NOT a sponsored post.  

I think that what tesco are doing is admirable, and should we were ever in the unfortunate situation of having an emergency on our hands, I would like to think that we would know what to do.  The trouble is, it's 8 years since Beansy was born and the encyclopaedic knowledge I had on what to do in an emergency are rusty to say the least.  This has refreshed me and I hope that you find it useful.

Tesco have launched a new nationwide child safety campaign called Baby Safe in conjunction with the British Red Cross and it aims to offer parents the essential tools and knowledge needed to face common childhood and baby accidents and ailments such as burns, choking, unconsciousness and Meningitis.

The campaign is hosting a series of how-to videos using experts from the British Red Cross. Today sees the launch of the Burns Video which is just in time for Bonfire Night should something awful happen.  I'm not posting this to scar you, but I wanted you to all be aware, I wasn't right on some of these facts which shocked me.

Here are some expert tips and the most common myths from the experts at the British Red Cross.

Did you know that the most common myth when you don’t have cold running water is to put butter on a burn?

This is absolutely USELESS.  I didn't realise this at all and the reason for it is that once you get to casualty, the substance will have to be removed, which could be painful. Also, avoid ice as this can produce a cold burn on top of the hot one. With a burn or scald, put the affected area under cold running water for at least 10 minutes.’

Key stats from research carried out by Tesco Baby & Toddler Club:

  • One in four parents will face a situation where first aid is necessary
  • 81 per cent of parents wouldn’t know how to administer basic first aid on their baby or toddler
  • Almost half of all parents fear they would do more harm if they tried to administer first aid
  • 60 per cent would be worried they’d do something wrong
  • 72 per cent would not feel confident to carry out first aid

The Tesco Baby & Toddler Club BabySafe campaign is now in its fifth year. To reach as many parents as possible, this year’s sessions will be run exclusively online via a series of short videos, Twitter chats and webinar. Experts from the British Red Cross will teach invaluable lifesaving skills to help deal with bumps to the head, falls, meningitis, burns, choking and what to do if a child is unconscious.

All videos will appear on the Tesco Baby Care & Share website: The first video focused on prevention in the home and how to deal with bumps to the head and falls. The other videos include
•           Burns                                        31 October 2011
•           Meningitis                                  21 November 2011
•           Choking                                       9 January 2012
•           Unconsciousness                       20 February 2012
(breathing / not breathing)

Following the launch of each video, an expert from the British Red Cross will be available to answer all questions during a Twitter chat on @TescoBabyClub.

The chat for any burns related question is at 11am on Wednesday 2nd November when an expert from the British Red Cross will be available to answer all questions during a Twitter chat on @TescoBabyClub.

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

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