In response to a series of accidents where children have died as a result of strangulation from blind or curtain cords, First Aid educational company, First Aid For You offers some advice should parents find themselves confronted with such a situation. Read the choking hazards and First Aid advice here…
Mary Dawes, Director of First Aid For You (www.firstaidforyou.com.au) says, “While there’s no doubt seeing a child choking is a traumatic experience, basic first aid knowledge has the potential to turn the situation around.”
Mary suggests the following steps should your child choke or in the event of strangulation or near choking;
- Remove danger or item from around child
- Check for signs of breathing (blue coloring on face or lips is a quick indication that there is lack of oxygen)
- Start CPR if child is not breathing and call 000 IMMEDIATELY
Supervision and securing items is the key believes Mary:
It only takes a second for a child to find a small item and place it in their mouth or for kids to create a game where a cord may be involved, and the consequences are dire.
“Do a sight-sweep of the house, look at any cords that may be handing loose, even low hanging mobile phone charger cords and secure these up high and out of sight from little ones”
These tips and advice are no substitute for first aid knowledge, Mary urges.
“A first aid course – especially one dedicated to children’s first aid will equip you with the skills needed in such an emergency and you’ll be grateful you spent the time learning the vital skills.”