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First-aid training for nannies 'vital' in case of emergencies.

NANNIES in Bahrain should undergo regular first-aid courses to ensure the safety of young children in case of emergencies, according to an expert.

Maintaining a calm demeanour during a crisis involving children was just one of the techniques showcased yesterday during a training session for nannies, which was held at the First Aid Box Training Centre in Saar.

It was conducted by Victoria Honar, a first-aid trainer and assessor, and featured an understanding of basic first-aid equipment at home, calling emergency services and dealing with unconscious children and babies.

"The nannies are looking after children and babies and it's really important for them to know what to do if an unexpected emergency arises," said Ms Honar, who is a retired mid-wife and nurse.

"It is important for them to stay calm and know the correct steps to take and what action to take and this way they are prepared for anything.

"If anybody is left on their own with a baby or a small child then it is absolutely essential that they are able to identify if there's a problem and take the right action for their safety and for the babies."

During the training session, nannies also learned how to identify different emergencies and techniques to deal with them by performing CPR, along with understanding seizures, choking, minor injuries and burns, drowning prevention and sleep safety.

"What we want them to be able to do is to identify if there is a problem and what action to take depending on what the problem is," said Ms Horan.

"Children are more likely to have an accident at home because that is where they spend more of their time."

She also explained the difference in the techniques carried out between first aid for children and adults.


"With children and babies quite often breathing can be the main issue, so the initial focus is on trying to get the child breathing again," she said.

"With adults it is more related with heart function so we would immediately start doing chest compressions, so there is a difference in the physiology between babies and children and adults."

She also stressed the importance of teaching first aid in schools and at places of work in order to help people identify an emergency and the correct action to take.

"First aid is a very important skill and I believe that everybody should have that skill," she added.

More courses are being planned at the same centre and for further information visit

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Sep 23, 2018
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