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Offline bj2circeleb

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Re: First Aid For Pets
« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2007, 06:57:31 AM »
Within Australia we have some courses which are specifically designed for children and young people. As a former swimming teacher and pool lifeguard there are and can be issues for young people learning first aid. The general guideline is that all children - even two year olds can be taught to call emergency services. From the age of about 5 or 6 they can be taught to pull someone onto their side which can help to open airways, etc. From the age of about 10 they can be taught the correct recovery position on the side, and EAR (Expired Air Resuscitation) - which is breathing into someones mouth, but without doing compressions. It is generally not recommended that young people learn CPR until they are 14 or older as they generally do not have the full physical strength required to perform chest compressions competently. Obviously these are examples and everyone is different but they are the ages that are generally followed here. So while young people will learn first aid, especially to place pressure on wounds to help control bleeding, when they get older they can be taught bandaging, etc, the learning of CPR does need to be considered carefully for children but at certain ages they can learn basic things which can and do help. All children from the age of 5 or 6 should know not just how to call for help, but to roll someone onto their side, and to place pressure (even if just with the hands), onto a wound which is bleeding heavily.

I am sure there would be courses around in the US which are designed specifically for teenagers. Have a look out for them, it is well worth the effort. While I agree that all courses should and can cope with young people - it would properly help to go to one designed for teens and which is talking on a level which you understand. You can relate to the things which the other participants in the class are talking about whereas adults have much different and many more life experiences on which to draw upon.