Module 1: Introduction

Welcome to the beginning of our online Paediatric First Aid Course



We would like to thank you for purchasing this course!

This course is not as in-depth as the classroom-based course that offers an accredited qualification and hands-on practical teaching, This course can be logged as Continued Professional Development. we do not cover the areas such as reporting and recording procedures or clearing an area after an incident etc. This course is aimed at parents looking to learn the skills needed to save a baby or infants life and as a refresher for those already qualified in Paediatric First Aid.

Please take notes, this will enable you to have a short revision period before taking the end of course online exam, we recommend taking notes on areas such as:

  • The main aims of paediatric first aid (3 P’s)
  • The primary and secondary surveys
  • Responsibilities of the Paediatric First Aider
  • The recovery position
  • Checking an infant or child’s breathing
  • The initial rescue breaths
  • The acronyms LINE and CLAP
  • Treating a choking infant or child
  • Basic Life Support and any other areas you feel note taking would benefit you.



What is Paediatric First Aid?

DEFINITION: The immediate care given to an infant or child who has been injured, or who has become ill prior to the arrival of qualified medical assistance.



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Provision of First Aid in early years settings

Paediatric first aid focuses on the provision of first aid for both infants and children. An infant is defined as being from the age of 0-1 and a child is defined as being from the age of 1 to the onset of puberty.

The Main aims of paediatric first aid are:

  1. Preserve Life: Administer immediate effective first aid to an infant or child in order to save life.
  2. Prevent the condition from worsening: Recognising and treating the cause will assist with preventing the condition from worsening.
  3. Promoter Recovery: Administer ongoing treatment and offer constant support until arrival of qualified medical assistance.

Remember The three P‘s. Preserve, Prevent and Promote