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Why Every Parent Should Have First Aid Training

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When I spent my whole 3 weeks in the military I took a first aid course. A couple years later Tobei was on me to take the training again. I argued I didn’t need to. I mean he is fully trained and re qualified every 2 years. Once he pointed out that he isn’t always home I reluctantly went and took the course again. Of course it was all the same darn training but at least it was a good refresher.

Tonight I was thankful to have my first aid training.

Tobei had gone grocery shopping so it was just me and the boys home. Big Brother was on the computer playing minecraft, Little Brother was playing on the floor with his toys and I was on the couch playing in my iPhone.

I glance over at the boys and notice Little Brother has the gagging face going on. However there is no sound coming from him, no gagging sound, no coughing, just the face of someone choking on something.

I drop my phone and run over. Check his mouth and nothing. Rub his back for a second and have a panic moment though of running to the neighbors with my baby while calling 911. That second passed and my training kicked in.

At the very back of his mouth and partly in his throat was a piece of a straw wrapper from Big Brother’s juice boxes. I carefully and quickly removed the straw wrapper and all was well. I hugged my baby as he looked at me like “what the heck mom, everything is fine let me go play”. Since he was fine and really I don’t need to panic my baby I sat him beside me and called over Big Brother who had no clue anything was going on though he was sitting 2 feet from me the entire time at the dining room table.

We had a stern yet calm talk about putting his garbage in the garbage can and keeping all small things out of his brothers reach. I explained to him what happened to his brother and what could have happened. He apologized to me, hugged his brother and apologized to him then played with his brother for a few minutes while I composed myself in the kitchen.

Tobei got home about 15 minutes later and I was still shaken but the boys were 100% fine. Tonight we are all thankful that I have my first aid training. Everyone should have it, at the very least all parents should have it. It buys you precious time. You can save your child from a potentially very bad situation before an ambulance would have time to arrive.

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  1. So scary! Great to hear he’s okay!

  2. I agree! Training is so important. So glad LB is ok. I have had a few scary moments of chocking with my kids, almost always with food, and I have been glad to have my training. I actually need a refresher course.

  3. Wow that was scary!! I agree with you. You never know when you’ll need it.Thanks for sharing!

  4. I definitely know I need and want to take a kids & baby CPR class. Thanks for all the info.

  5. I so agree with this – I need to update my training but it is so important. You need to always be prepared because you never know what will happen and whether or not there will be someone else around!

  6. I’ve taken first aid training more than once and still worry I wouldn’t be able to save my kids. Terrifying.’

  7. Oh that must have been so scary! I’m glad you had your training, didn’t panic (even though I’m sure you wanted to), and were able to get the wrapper out. First aid training is very important and I wish they’d require it before anyone leaves the hospital with a newborn.

  8. Oh my goodness! That is so scary and so lucky that you had that training! I REALLY need to update mine, because you just never know, especially with kids and I would never forgive myself if something happened that could have been prevented. Great job at keeping your little one safe!!

  9. OMGosh! Thats scary! I am so glad he was OK!

  10. Oh my gosh! That is so scary. I’m glad he was ok. I totally agree with you! Every parent should definitely have first aid and CPR training. You just never know when you might need it.

  11. When DS was in the NICU both DH and I took a first aid course. Hope we never need it, but great to have just in case.

  12. That must have been so scary! Good for you for getting certified. Both hubby and I have our training. So important 🙂 You just never know when you’ll need it. Pray you never need it,but be prepared if you have to.

  13. I totally agree, what a scare! It is so important though, I need Hubby to get trained when I’m not home.

  14. That is a petrifying story! I’m glad it worked out for you. My wife and I are both trained and I make sure to stay updated every couple of years. I’m lucky to have the course covered by my workplace. I hope I never need to use it though!

  15. My hubby and I are actually doing First Aid through his work in a few weeks – I’m looking forward to the refresher course!

  16. I definitely agree with having a first aid kit for the family. 🙂

  17. Glad to hear that everything turned out okay! I should brush up on my training.

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

  18. Hi – I work at the Canadian Red Cross. We’re always really glad to hear stories of how first aid has helped save lives. Do you mind if I re-share your blog on our Red Cross blog?

  19. Hi- We posted it to our blog just now. Have a look. We will share in with our social media networks shortly.

  20. So good you had presence of mind and remembered your training. Sometimes people get panicked especially when it’s their child, but you have risen well to the occasion. Great to have some training for this kind of emergency situation.

  21. Nolie – what a great lesson to all of us. It is so important to have First Aid training, and to recertify too. I was a lifeguard through my teens and early twenties and therefore used these skills regularly in staff trainings and regular recertifications. When I became a teacher, I let the certifications slide for a few years until my husband and I opened a summer camp and retrained. I was shocked at how much I had forgotten in just five years. The thing about first aid skills is that you never know when you’ll need them, you’ve always got to be ready. The more prepared you feel, the more likely you are to just handle the situation well and deal with the anxiety after the fact. Great post.

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