It’s reported that children under 5 are most at risk to injury within the home, with boys typically being more likely than girls. This is largely due to young children being unable to assess risks around them and their perception of the environment is often limited and this, coupled with their lack of experience and development such as poor coordination and balance, can sometimes result in injuries.
Children over the age of 5 are more likely to obtain injuries – commonly such as fractures. Of course, they’re more active and so equipment, and trialling new sports all come into play. There are no guidelines on the minimum requirements that any child carer should have here in the UAE, which means that child carers (including parents ourselves) have a responsibility to educate ourselves and be as best prepared as we can be in the event of needing to administer first aid to children. For this
For this reason, it’s highly recommended that any child carer takes a first aid course (paediatric) and that you have a suitable first aid kit at home. These can be purchased from a pharmacy or healthcare facility to include things like plasters, sterile saline water, antiseptic cream, gauze and slings, and many more useful items in case of injuries and there are many service providers that offer first aid courses in both English and other languages such as Tagalog. A full first aid course typically takes around 5-6 hours long and comes with an accredited certificate at the end.
Anyone providing childcare should be given special instructions that can be helpful when taking care of a child such as allergies, cuts and grazes, burns, poisoning and bumps to the head. These are the most common injuries to occur when caring for a young child. These instructions are all included within a full first aid course, along with choking and drowning resuscitation techniques.
It’s also recommended that parents provide carers with the daily routine of their child. This is so important as children who are tired are more likely to become clumsy (which may result in an injury). Including notes of your child’s allergies, likes and dislikes will help prevent any incidents from occurring and these can be left with your nursery staff or your Nanny if you have one.
Providing emergency contact details in the case of any accident is imperative, as is safe proofing your home to make sure that all harmful chemicals and medicines are locked and out of reach – and this is something we often overlook. Cover sharp edges, use baby gates near stairs, keep blind cords out of reach and providing soft flooring are all practical things you can do.