Babies can suffocate on nappy sacks

The NHS are launching a safety campaign in the UK about the dangers of nappy sacks, after 11 babies suffocated having pulled the bags over their faces.

Commenting on the campaign, Children’s Accident Prevention coordinator and campaign founder Beth Beynon states ‘If we can take this campaign out to communities and reach parents, grandparents and carers we will have achieved one giant step towards preventing any more babies from needlessly dying.’

Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive at Child Accident Prevention Trust who support the campaign, says that ‘Because nappy sacks are seen as an essential piece of parenting kit, parents don’t realise that they are as dangerous to babies as plastic bags are to small children. They are often kept nearby, within easy reach, for nappy changing.’

She also goes on to note that ‘This campaign will remind parents that nappy sacks need to be kept out of reach of babies, particularly in the bedroom. Young babies are most at risk because they naturally grasp things and pull them to their mouths, but then find it difficult to let go. Nappy sacks are small and flimsy, and cling to babies’ faces so they can’t breathe.’

To avoid danger of suffocation and choking:

Always keep nappy sacks and other plastic bags and wrapping away from babies and young children

Never place nappy sacks in a baby’s cot or pram.


Our First Aid courses in Dublin will give you vital tips how to make your home a safe place for your children. For more information on the dangers of blind cords please click our here. It will bring you to one of our First Aid tips.





A Christmas present from First Aid For Everyone

It is less than 5 weeks till Christmas. The car parks in shopping centers are already packed. The conversation of more and more people becomes focused on the all important question “Do you know what you will give for Christmas?”

Are you one of these people?

Are your friends and family already sorted with hats, scarfs, socks and ties?

Why don’t you buy them a Gift Voucher from First Aid For Everyone? A voucher for one of our 1 day First Aid courses in Dublin will give one of your loved ones the opportunity to learn potentially life saving skills. In an emergency these skills can make the difference between life and death.


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Keep your children safe at Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner. It’s a great time to be enjoyed by families and most of all children.

Unfortunately it is also a very dangerous time as statistics and newspaper reports prove every year. The excitement of adults and children makes them forget to be careful.

Follow our simple safety tips and enjoy a happy Halloween.

It all starts with the Pumpkin – make sure that children don’t handle sharp knifes to carve it. The carving should only be done by an adult but leave the cleaning of the inside to the kids. Don’t place burning candles inside when young children are around.

Next is the costume and accessories. Check the label to ensure it is flame resistant especially if you plan to visit a bonfire. This applies to wigs and face masks too!

Make sure the costume is not too long. The last thing you need is your child tripping and falling.

Kids don’t feel the cold and think a costume is warm enough. Insist that warm clothes are being worn underneath.

Use good quality face paints to ensure they are toxin free and don’t cause an allergic reaction.

If your child insists on bringing a knife, sword or pitch fork make sure they are small and of soft material to prevent injuries

The best part of Halloween for the children is the Trick – or – Treating. Before you leave the house talk to your children about some safety rules, i.e. use the footpath only, be extremely careful when crossing the road. Set out a route and agree on which streets you will be visiting.

Younger children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult while older children should only go on the hunt for treats in groups.

Give each child a torch – to see and to be seen! It reduces the risk of falls and increases the chances that the little vampires will be seen by cars.

Stay away from strangers – Speak to your children before you go trick-or-treating about “stranger danger”. Do not allow children to go into people’s houses.

Children should only go to houses where there is an outside light turned on and you know the residents. Bring younger children to the door of each house.

Be aware of the risk of choking! Children don’t want to wait to get home to start ploughing through their sweets. Make sure children are not eating small sweets and run at the same time. This can be very dangerous. Take a little break and let them enjoy a treat while you are with them.

Read our First Aid tips for choking incidents before you leave the house!

Only let them have wrapped sweets and chocolates. Discard home-made treats (unless you know the person who produced the goodies and trust their cooking skills)

If you are a motorist on the night – please be extra vigilant! Drive slowly especially when you are in residential estates. Don’t forget that the children will be very distracted.

Pay attention when you enter a drive way. Always be prepared that a child might come running behind a parked car.

Adhere to these tips and we should all have a great Halloween.




Because of the recent drop in temperature we decided to dedicate this month’s tip to the First Aid treatment of hypothermia.

Hypothermia ranges from mild chills and shivering to coma and death. Hypothermia is defined when the core body temperature falls below 35°C.

Hypothermia signs and symptoms include:

  • shivering
  • exhaustion
  • confusion
  • slurred speech
  • memory loss
  • fatigue
  • loss of motor control (fumbling hands)
Things TO DO for hypothermia:
  • Move the person indoors, or somewhere warm, as soon as possible.
  • Once sheltered, gently remove any wet clothing and dry the person.
  • Wrap them in blankets, towels, coats (whatever you have), protecting the head and torso first.
  • Your own body heat can help someone with hypothermia. Hug them gently.
  • Increase activity if possible, but not to the point where sweating occurs, as that cools the skin down again.
  • If possible, give the person warm drinks (but not alcohol) or high energy foods, such as chocolate, to help warm them up.
  • Once body temperature has increased, keep the person warm and dry.
Things you should NOT do:
  • Don’t warm up an elderly person using a bath, as this may send cold blood from the body’s surfaces to the heart or brain too suddenly, causing a stroke or heart attack.
  • Don’t apply direct heat (hot water or a heating pad, for example) to the arms and legs, as this forces cold blood back to the major organs, making the condition worse.
  • Don’t give the person alcohol to drink, as this will decrease the body’s ability to retain heat.
  • Don’t rub or massage the person’s skin, as this can cause the blood vessels to widen and decrease the body’s ability to retain heat. In severe cases of hypothermia there is also a risk of heart attack.

Severe hypothermia needs urgent medical treatment in hospital. Shivering is a good guide to how severe the hypothermia is. If the person can stop shivering of their own accord, hypothermia is mild, but if they cannot stop shivering, it is moderate to severe.

As the body temperature decreases further, shivering will stop completely. The heart rate will slow and a person will gradually lose consciousness. When unconscious, a person will not appear to have a pulse or be breathing. Emergency assistance should be sought immediately and CPR provided while the person is warmed. CPR is an emergency procedure, consisting of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compression. For information on our CPR first aid course in Dublin click here.

Medical treatment warms up the body from the inside. Doctors do this by giving warm fluids intravenously (through a vein). In very rare and severe cases, haemodialysis or cardiopulmonary bypass may be used. This is a treatment to take blood out of the body, warm it up, and return it. The blood is filtered through an artificial kidney, much like dialysis treatment for people with kidney failure