At what age do you teach a child about first aid basics, or is it possible to teach them at all?
Many times we hear stories how children save lives of their siblings, friends or relatives in times of emergencies. At what age can you possible teach a child the basic of first aids like cpr etc?
I think at the age of 6-7 children are ready to absorb such things. You do not have to tell them this is "First Aid" and no need to tell them about any firs aid medicine. And start telling them about commonly found children injuries. Like if some child falls from a high wall there could be chances that he or would have broken some bone of led or arm. And if any your friend is caught in such a situation should help him to lay properly and in natural position.
That is you have to give them knowledge in informal way in a story like method. And at the age of 10 or 11 there are proper first aid courses for children in different countries. You now get them admitted to have a formal first aid training.
I think you can teach children as young as 4 or 5 that if a grown-up is ill and can't help themselves then they need to pick up the phone and dial whatever number is appropriate for your country. Lives have been saved that way.
I taught CPR and first aid for the American Red Cross for nearly 20 years and have taught children as young as 3 years of age ballet and dog bite prevention. I think that children can learn something at any age. It's just a matter of paring down the material to their level of understanding. They can and should learn what to do in an emergency - that is how to call for help. They should learn how to stay safe and they can learn how to do CPR and some basic first aid. However, due to their limited strength and lung volume they cannot provide CPR like an adult would. That said, what they can do is dependent on their size, even more than their age. Each child is different as well, so chronological age is not the sole determining factor either. What a child can learn depends on his age, size, individual intellectual ability, temperament, etc., but every child should be taught the basics, including how to call for emergency assistance and how to stay safe.
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