Celebrating Father’s Day in Australia honours Dad’s important role in his family. As a Dad, It’s important to be knowledgeable about first aid in an emergency. This blog post will provide helpful first aid advice that every dad should be aware of. It could save a life whether you are at home or out with your family. Keep reading for more details.
When is Father’s Day in Australia?
Father’s Day in Australia is celebrated on the first Sunday of September. This differs from the US and UK versions of the date. In 2022, Father’s Day in Australia will occur on September 4.
What Should I Get My Dad For Father’s Day?
Father’s Day traditions in Australia include old socks, jocks and chocolates, barbeques, and outdoor activities, but there are more options to choose from. You may give yourself or your Dad a surprise gift to enrol on a First Aid course. You may also want to avail a First Aid Kit. This will be useful for you, your Dad and the whole family.
Why do Dads need to Learn First Aid?
Learning First Aid also means that Dad and his child’s health and safety are a priority. Here are the common medical conditions and childhood injuries with tips on what you can do to deal effectively:
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
General Signs and Symptoms of Illness in Children and Infants:
- Generally, a child who is not behaving normally may be unwell
- Lack of appetite
- Altered sleep patterns
- Listless, irritable when disturbed
- Cry more readily than usual
- Unusually quiet with no or little interest in play
- Lack of appetite
- Feel hot to touch
- Flushed or pale
- Complaining of feeling cold.
- Fever (if over 38C in a baby; take to the hospital immediately)
- Rash (if purple and does not fade when pressed, bring to a doctor immediately)
- Headache (if combined with a stiff neck, or comes and goes, or persists the child should see a doctor)
General Signs and Symptoms of Acute Illness in Children and Infants:
- Sore throat
- Ear pain
- Upper respiratory issue (blocked or running nose, sinusitis)
- Abdominal pain
- Dermatitis / Rash / Itching
- Joint limb pain
- Blurred vision, crusty eyes, discharge from eyes
- Managing a sick child or infant can be challenging
- Listen to them; generally, unless a child is extremely sick, they will be unlikely to stay in bed, a blanket and laying on the couch may be better for them
- Keep the room well ventilated – do not let it get too warm
- Give them plenty to drink
- Do not worry too much about food for the first day or so unless they want it
- Let them have plenty of rest
- Keep sick children away from others – do not send them to school or childcare
Call an Ambulance (Triple Zero) 000 for the Following Signs/ Symptoms:
- The child seems extremely sick
- Under three months old and temperature >38C
- Difficulties breathing
- Stiffness in the neck
- Photosensitivity (light hurts their eyes)
- Bulging fontanelle (soft spot on the baby’s head)
- They are listless, floppy, cannot be woken, or are unusually sleepy
- They have had a seizure or convulsions lasting more than 5 minutes, or for the first time
- Refusing to drink or drinking < half normal fluid intake
- Not passing urine or passing < half normal
- Vomiting repeatedly or if the vomit has a green colouring
- Flu-like symptoms with drowsiness, pale skin, not drinking or urinating
- Loss of consciousness, even if only briefly
- A less than alert conscious state
- Suspicion of a fracture
- Suspicion of a spinal injury
- Damage to eyes or ears
- Penetration of the skin
- Deep open wounds
- A severe asthma attack
- An anaphylaxis reaction
Some Basic First Aid Tips That Every Father Should Know Include:
- Control bleeding
- Properly bandage a wound
- Administering CPR
- Treating a burn
- How to deal with a choking child
Want To Learn More First Aid Tips?
Learning about Basic First Aid could make a big difference to a Dad and his family’s health and safety. You might want to consider upskilling on first aid skills. CPR First Aid Australia offers various first aid courses according to your needs. You can choose your preferred courses below:
CPR First Aid Australia’s Available Courses
HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
HLTAID010 Provide an emergency first aid response
HLTAID011 Provide first aid – formerly known as Level 2 or Senior First Aid.
HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting
HLTAID014 Provide advanced first aid
22578VIC Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis
22556VIC Course in the Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies in the Workplace
Moreover, we offer special discounts on the First Aid Courses this Father’s Day, and you may select the option that works best for you!
Contact us today to discuss the ways you can enrol with us.