first aid accidents


As 2021 dawns, everyone is once again talking about new year resolutions. Make 2021 the year you set yourself a realistic goal; one that is achievable and useful not only to yourself but your family and the general public too. One you’ll even get to put a satisfying tick by on your to do list…don’t let yourself be the person regretting you didn’t know how to help.

Why first aid is so essential

Accidental injury is one of the biggest causes of death in the UK for children over the age of one. More children die each year as a result of accidents than from illnesses such as Leukaemia or Meningitis. Furthermore, every year one million children under the age of 18 are taken to Accident and Emergency units after being involved in accidents in the home. Only 9% of UK parents are confident and willing to perform first aid on their children.

Basic first aid can mean the difference between life and death. It can make a huge difference to the extent of someone’s recovery, the amount of pain they are in and how long they need to be in hospital. Prompt first aid can even mean a child is able to make a full recovery without the need of medical intervention at all.

Therefore, it is quite alarming that 4/5 parents don’t know basic first aid procedures that could save their child’s life. Every parent should know what to do in an emergency. Children have accidents – it’s a fact of life – and although most are thankfully minor, it’s sensible to know what to do if an accident or injury is more serious.


The following RoSPA UK statistics make alarming reading:

  • 500,000 children need to go to casualty annually after accidents in the home.
  • Every year across the UK, there are approximately 6,000 deaths as a result of home accidents
  • 125,000 children die or are injured in garden accidents.
  • 20,000 children end up in casualty departments with burns.
  • 5,804 children are injured in road accidents.
  • 3,227 children are injured as car passengers.
  • 100 children die from severe burns every year.
  • 70 children are killed on the roads every week.


Most common emergencies for babies and toddlers:

  • Choking (Click here for a free choking course)
  • Burns/scalds
  • Head injuries
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Unconscious or not breathing

Many of the accidents that happen in and around the home can be avoided. By identifying and understanding potential accident risks in the home, you can take some basic safety steps that will keep your children safe and give you peace of mind.

Children need to be able to explore and enjoy their environment and they shouldn’t be wrapped in cotton-wool. Take basic sensible precautions to keep them safe, ensure you know what to do if an accident occurs by taking a first aid course and invest in a good quality first aid kit.


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Book a practical course now. Practise CPR on a manikin and learn how to help should your baby choke on one of our hands-on practical courses. The skills you learn could save your child’s life. Alternatively, book an online interactive multimedia first aid training course and learn these life-saving skills at a time and place that suits you.

First Aid for Life provide award-winning first aid training tailored to your needs. Please visit our site and learn more about our practical and online courses. It is vital to keep your skills current and refreshed. We are currently providing essential training for individuals and groups across the UK. In addition, we have a great range of online courses. These are ideal as refreshers for regulated qualifications or as Appointed Person qualifications.

You can attend a fully regulated Practical or Online First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency. Please visit or call 0208 675 4036 for more information about our courses.

First Aid for Life is a multi-award-winning, fully regulated first aid training provider. Our highly experienced medical trainers, health and emergency services professionals, will tailor the training to your needs. Courses for groups or individuals at our venue or yours.

First Aid for life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. We are not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken on this information.


Emma Hammett
Author: Emma Hammett