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Children's first aid advice

It’s no surprise that statistics show that a high proportion of children’s accidents happen during the school holidays and at weekends. With this in mind, St John Ambulance have just launched their new children’s first aid kit. They kindly sent one over for us to review as well as one to give away. You can find out how to enter the giveaway by scrolling to the bottom of this post.

This kit contains everything us parents need to ensure that we are able to give quick treatment for any minor mishaps that summer activities might bring. It has come in super handy for us with our accident prone children! Evie in particular is always falling over, so plasters for her many grazes are an essential for us wherever we go.

What’s included…

  • 20 x washproof plasters (assorted sizes)
  • 2 x small dressings
  • 2 x medium dressings
  • 1 x instant ice pack
  • 4  x sterile cleansing wipes
  • 2 x nitrile powder-free gloves (large)
  • 1 x medium sterile adhesive dressing pad
  • 2 x large sterile adhesive dressing pads
  • 2 x eye wash phials
  • 1 x 60ml hand sanitiser
  • 6 x safety pins
  • 1 x thermometer
  • 2 x vomit bags (great to keep in the car for travel sick little ones like mine!)
  • 5 x non-woven swabs
  • 2 x eye pad dressings
  • 2 x triangle bandages
  • 1 x microporous tape

The kit also includes a handy first aid booklet which contains advice on how to deal with a range of different accidents and illnesses.

Also included is six bravery stickers which are a really great way to help little ones cope with an injury.

St John Ambulance have provided some useful first aid tips to help keep your little ones safe when out and about this summer…


What to look for: 

  • Reddened skin
  • Pain in the area of the burn
  • Later, blistering may appear.

How to treat sunburn

  1. Cover the skin with light clothing and move out of the sun
  2. Drink sips of water
  3. Cool the skin by sponging with cold water
  4. Apply calamine or after-sun lotion to mild sunburn
  • If there are blisters, seek medical advice.
Asthma attack

What to look for:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing and coughing
  • Distressed and anxious
  • Difficulty speaking, shown through short sentences and whispering
  • Signs of hypoxia such as grey-blue tinge to the lips, earlobes and nailbeds
  • In a severe attack – exhaustion.

How to treat an asthma attack

  1. Reassure them, help them to use their reliever inhaler
    • If no inhaler call 999/112
  2. Ask them to breathe slowly and deeply
  3. Sit them down
  4. If the attack does not ease, advise one to two puffs every two minutes for up to 10 puffs
  5. If they still don’t improve call 999 or 112
    • Monitor breathing and level of response
    • If unresponsive, prepare to give CPR
Choking (child)

What to look for

  1. Difficulty breathing, speaking or coughing
  2. A red puffy face
  3. Signs of distress and they may point to their throat or grasp their neck.

What to do if a child is choking

  1. Cough it out
  • Encourage the child to keep coughing
  1. Slap it out
  • Give 5 sharp back blows between the shoulder blades
  • Check their mouth each time
  1. Squeeze it out
  • Give 5 abdominal thrusts
  • Check their mouth each time
  1. Call 999/112 for emergency help
  • Repeat steps 2 and 3 until help arrives.
Cuts and grazes

How to treat cuts and grazes

  1. If the wound is dirty, clean the wound with cold running water or alcohol-free wipes
  2. Pat it dry
  3. Raise and support the injury
  4. Apply a sterile adhesive dressing.


What to look for:

  • Deformity, swelling and bruising around the fracture
  • Pain and/or difficulty moving the area
  • A limb may look shorter, twisted or bent
  • A grating noise or feeling from the ends of the broken bones
  • Difficult or unable to move the limb normally
  • A wound that may have a bone end protruding, known as an open fracture
  • May develop signs of shock, particularly with the fracture of a thigh bone or pelvis.

How to treat a fracture:

  1. If there’s an open fracture
    • cover the wound with a sterile dressing
    • apply pressure around the wound, not over a protruding bone
    • secure with a bandage
  2. Support the injured part above and below the joint
  3. Place padding around injury
  4. Call 999/112 for emergency help
    • Do not move the casualty unless you have secured the limb
  5. Treat for shock
  6. Monitor breathing and level of response.

What to look for 

  1. Headache, dizziness and discomfort
  2. They may be restless and confused
  3. Hot, flushed and dry skin
  4. Becoming less responsive quickly
  5. Pulse that’s full and bounding
  6. Body temperature above 40°C (104°F)

How to treat heatstroke: 

  1. Move them to a cool place and call 999/112
    • Remove outer layers of clothing
  2. Sit them down and wrap them in a cool wet sheet
    • Pour cold water over the sheet
    • Reduce their temperature to 37.5ºC
  3. Replace the wet sheet with a dry sheet
  4. Monitor their level of response and temperature.
Minor head injury – baby and child 

What to look for

  • Bump or bruise to the head
  • Possible head wound
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Short period of unresponsiveness.

How to treat a baby with a minor bump to the head

  1. Sit them on your lap place an ice pack wrapped in a tea towel on their head
  2. Assess their level of response
    • A – Are they alert?
    • V – Do they respond to your voice?
    • P – Do they respond to pain?
    • U – Are they unresponsive? If they are unresponsive or you are worried call 999/112 for emergency help
  3. Treat any wounds if necessary.
Severe bleeding 

How to treat severe bleeding

  1. Apply direct pressure to the wound
  2. Call 999/112 for emergency help
  3. Secure dressing with a bandage to maintain pressure
  4. Treat for shock
  5. Support the injury.

The children’s first aid kit is on sale now. It can be purchased with free delivery until 31 August 2018 from the St John Ambulance customer services team on 0844 770 4808, quoting CFA111205. It will also be available soon on Amazon.

Good luck!

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Thank you for reading.

*Post in collaboration with St John Ambulance*


  1. Margaret Gallagher
    August 17, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    Its a great kit – would be invaluable here – always lots of mishaps !

  2. Solange
    August 18, 2018 / 2:14 am

    It’s always good to have a First Aid kit in a home.

  3. Debbie Finnerty
    August 18, 2018 / 10:51 am

    You know I am such a bad parent I have never had a 1st aid box at home the closest we have is a spider man plaster in my bag!

  4. Lindsey Stuart
    August 18, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    A first aid kit is such a handy thing to have in the home especially with little ones in the house! We are forever having little accidents here.

  5. Sally Collingwood
    August 18, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    This is such a must have for any home with or without kiddies

  6. iain maciver
    August 18, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    very handy to have in the home

  7. August 18, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    This would be very handy with having Three grandchildren

  8. Sean Eccles
    August 18, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    Always having bumps and cuts in this house this would be handy

  9. Charlene Merrall
    August 18, 2018 / 10:28 pm

    This looks so handy, my little girl is always having scrapes with the floor lol

  10. Sue McCarthy
    August 19, 2018 / 7:27 am

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  11. Lorna Ledger
    August 19, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    Wow, great stuff, with a child, nice and nephew this would be super

  12. Kim Neville
    August 19, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    Very useful to have at home or when out and about

  13. Rebecca Sutton
    August 19, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    This is a great way for kids to learn the importance of first aid. What a great idea.

  14. Isabel O
    August 20, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    I’m always telling my friend she needs to get a proper first aid kit in the house with how clumsy she is! This is a really good one.

  15. Abi Birch
    August 22, 2018 / 10:19 am

    This is fantastic and would come in so handy with 2 crazy, boisterous boys!

  16. Pam Francis Gregory
    August 22, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    Always good to have a Fist Aid Kit in the house.

  17. Rachel Butterworth
    August 22, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    Great, useful prize. My nephew is so accident prone, this would really come in handy.

  18. Emma Chapman
    August 22, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    This would be perfect for when Im Out and about with lil ones

  19. August 24, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    This looks like a great kit!

  20. Elaine Saberi
    August 26, 2018 / 8:43 am

    The kit would be perfect when the grandchildren are staying wit us.

  21. Susan Smith
    August 26, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    This looks a wonderful first aid kit, every thing you need for that little emergency

  22. Sarah Cooper
    August 26, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    Great prize!

    August 26, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    I think my first aid kit is out of date, so this would be a great win

  24. August 28, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    This is a really wonderful prize and I would love to win this for my daughter and grandchildren