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In order to encourage families to be the first to assist their children with paediatric first aid, the Environment Health and Safety (EHS) Section in the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has organised an important workshop for ADEC working mothers on “First Aid for Paediatric Emergencies.”

Designed for participants to learn and be certified in first aid for infants, toddlers and children, the one-day free-of-charge training offered content on the 4Ps of Accident prevention in children, the challenges of looking after babies and children, dealing with difficult children situations, and playtime can be a safe time too!

The training also offered participants the different techniques of child safety education, universal principles of child care and discipline, what every parent wants in a safe and responsible babysitter and the four most important safety principles to follow when transporting a child.

“The workshop covered minor details that you assume everyone would already know about, such as steps to follow in case of an emergency, i.e., calling (999) for help in case of different emergency situations including fire, or health related emergencies and to deal with different conditions and accidents such as fever, a bleeding child, convulsions, epilepsy, tantrums, unconsciousness, a choking child or infant, allergies, anaphylactic shock, CPR and mouth to mouth resuscitation in babies,” highlighted Engineer Khaled Al Ansari, Division Manager at ADEC’s School Services Division.

As part of ADEC’s EHS section’s strategy to ensure sustainability, safety and health among children and students across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, different ongoing health and safety qualifications training courses and workshops have similarly been delivered for employees across ADEC’s headquarters and schools in the past.

Some of these workshops organized by EHS included: First Aid Training, IOSH Working and Managing Safely courses, Fire Fighting, Ergonomics, and Stress Management.

“Our goal is to make sure EHS practices become part of the daily lives of a school, student, family and the community in general, and to help promote the EHS culture to other members in society. Starting with our own employees is a first step towards spreading the word, and by time and with proper educational EHS trainings, we are encouraging a safer/healthier environment for our youth,” added Engineer Al Ansari.

Trained mothers are now well oriented and familiar on how to handle a fracture; a first, second and third degree burn; rescue breathing; chest compression; providing Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); what to do when a child/infant chokes; preventing drowning; dealing with wounds; dealing with epileptic fits; allergies; child safety measurements at home and many other pediatric first aid practices.

“The first aid for child pediatric is designed for people caring for children in any setting, whether at home or in school, indoors or outdoors. We encourage parents, nannies, child miners, nurseries, pre-schools, sports and leisure staff, crèche and nursery leaders, and anyone else responsible of the welfare of a child, to gain this knowledge and be very much familiar with it” concluded Engineer Al Ansari.