Teenagers often find themselves in situations where first aid training can help them create a difference of life and death for someone in a medical emergency. If you, as a parent, don’t think first aid training is essential for your teenager, let us help you reconsider.
Let’s have a look at three situations where first aid training could have helped your teenager save their self or someone else’s life.
At a Prom Night With a Drunken Friend Who Just Passed out
Imagine your teenage son went to his very first prom night and one of his friends passes out because of binge drinking. What would your teenager do?
If he’s received first aid training, he’d know that excessive alcohol consumption can depress the central nervous system, which may result in passing out, coma, and—in extreme cases—death. He’d know that the drunken person has to be laid down—not walked around—on one side with curled knees, so they don’t choke upon vomiting. And most importantly, your son would be aware that giving any medications, food, or beverage could prove to be fatal for his friend.
Still don’t think it’s important? Let’s look at another situation.
Your Daughter Gets Hit on Her Nose While Playing Football
If your teenager is enthusiastic about football, you can’t tell her to stop playing for her safety. Instead, you can sign her up for first aid training course and here’s why you should do that.
If your daughter receives blow on her nose, she’d know that she has to stop at that point and sit with her head leaned forward, while pinching her nose and breathing through her mouth for ten minutes. More importantly, she’d know that she needs to call the paramedics or visit a doctor if the bleeding doesn’t stop after thirty minutes.
Sports injuries are pretty common in teenagers and it’s extremely important for them to know how to proactively deal with a sports injury.
However, if your kid isn’t interested in sports at all—here’s another situation.
If Your Teenage Son or a Friend Has an Asthma Attack
Asthma is one of the most common respiratory health conditions in Canada; however, research shows that children and teenagers are 62% more likely to be diagnosed with asthma as compared to adults and seniors.
If for instance, your teenager comes across a medical emergency where someone at their college suddenly finds it difficult to talk, walk, or breath, with their lips or fingernails turning blue; he’d be able to identify that the person is having an asthma attack. He’d be aware of the steps he needs to take in order to bring the condition and breathing under control. He’d know the proper ways to use the inhaler and other equipment in the first aid kit, and when to call the paramedics.
This could be your own teenager too!
Regardless of the type of situation, first aid training is critical for teenagers, their growth, their confidence, and—most importantly—their safety. To sign up a for a comprehensive and reliable first-aid training course at an affordable price, get in touch with Metro Safety Training. We are a leading first aid training school in BC that offers Red Cross CPR/AED courses and a range of other first aid courses.
Get your queries and concerns answered by our experts. Call at 604-521-4227 today!