Children/Young People’s Health

First Aid (Children)

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Why is it worth learning about first aid?

As the NHS suggest
“Young children sometimes have injuries and accidents. Most are minor, but it’s a good idea to know what to do if the accident or injury is more serious. Start by learning some basic first aid, or revise what you already know.”
“What to do if your child has an accident.” The NHS website. Retrieved 5/2/2024

What to do in an emergency?

From the NHS
First Aid – children

First Aid – all ages

Further information

There is more detailed information below.

Basic first aid

general information

From St Johns Ambulance
Excellent first aid advice

From British Red Cross
Excellent advice backed up by videos

From Resuscitation council UK
CPR information and ways you can learn CPR Public Resource | Resuscitation Council UK



Can defibrillators be used on children?
Yes, standard defibrillator pads are suitable for use on children over the age of eight.

For children aged between one and eight years, use a paediatric defibrillator or standard defibrillator with paediatric pads. The paediatric pads adjust the current delivered during defibrillation. In an emergency, if a defibrillator with adult pads is the only device available, then it can be used.

Never use a defibrillator on infants under the age of one.


From the NHS, Patient info and NICE
This includes information from patient info how to deal with a nose bleed

What to do if someone has a seizure

From the NHS
What to do if someone has a seizure (fit) What to do if someone has a seizure (fit) – NHS

accidents and injuries

Information on common injuries and accidents and their usual treatment is included under

This includes information on self-care, and when attending a minor injuries unit or accident and emergency department may be appropriate.

reducing the risk of accidents

For information on reducing the risk of accidents for children see under

How can you prepare to give first aid?


From British Red Cross

From St Johns Ambulance

From Patient info


Some courses are FREE particularly if community related

From St John Ambulance
First aid for school pupils First Aid Training Courses for School Kids | St John Ambulance

From British Red Cross
First Aid courses First aid courses and training | Red Cross Training

From the NHS
Medicines for babies and children Medicines for babies and children – NHS

From the NHS
What should I keep in my first aid kit? What should I keep in my first aid kit? – NHS

From the British Red Cross
“No first aid kit? No problem! You may not always have access to a first aid kit in an emergency. Here are some suggestions for other everyday items you can use.” Options for first aid if no first aid kit is available.

From Patient info

From British Red Cross
Download Free first aid apps
“Learn first aid fast and stay prepared for emergencies wherever you are. Download our free first aid app today for guidance and training.” Free first aid apps | Adult and baby | British Red Cross

Videos and podcasts

On the videos and podcasts page there are links to some relevant videos and podcasts covering the topic of first aid.

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