We highly recommend taking a first aid course, especially tailored for babies and toddlers. The procedures for providing first aid to young children can be vastly different from those for adults, and having this knowledge can make a life-saving difference. In a dire situation where your child's life is at risk, having the knowledge and skills to take certain measures can be invaluable. We want to emphasize that after childbirth, you'll carry a piece of your heart outside of your body, and it's natural to feel anxious and worried if your child isn't well.
We hope from the bottom of our hearts that you never find yourself in such an extreme situation, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.
We recommend that you take care of this from week 29 onwards.
To help you with the right preparation, we have put together an overview of very good first aid courses for babies and toddlers:
The Parent's Guide to Infant and Child First Aid
If your baby is in an emergency situation, it's important to get help as soon as possible. Because their bodies are still developing, first aid for babies and children differs significantly from first aid for adults. Pulmonary resuscitation in particular should be practiced for emergencies.
No one likes to think that their child might find themselves in an emergency situation. But knowing what might save your child's life in these situations gives you the confidence to act in an emergency. You can learn the most important information in a first aid course.
Until recently, this meant registering for an in-person first aid course in your midwifery practice, at the German Red Cross, or through another provider. In just four to five hours of training you will learn all the relevant information here, so that you can get it out to use in an emergency without panicking. From our point of view, this is not enough. Anyone who has ever been in an emergency situation where their own child is not feeling well knows that clear thinking and the ability to react calmy go out the window in these types of situations.
That's why we are delighted to be able to introduce you to a great new company that has set itself the task of providing all parents and parents-to-be with advice and support, no matter what day of the week or what time it is.
12minutes - This company helps parents become confident in dealing with minor and major emergency situations. Dr. Annalena Dehe and Dr. Lukas Dehé, the founders, want to help you feel confident when facing an emergency involving your child. These emergency doctors from Charité are also parents to twins, which makes them experts in providing you with essential emergency training.
It takes an average of 12 minutes for the rescue service to arrive at the scene. 12 Minutes... that's how long your child's life will be in your hands. Annalena and Lukas founded 12minutes to:
Give parents the skills and know-how they need to help during those 12 Minutes.
Help parents understand the important distinctions in baby and child resuscitation and first aid in a way that's easy to remember and accessible at any moment.
In the 12minutes package you will receive 4 hours of training videos, a 60-page e-book, and the innovative emergency training dummy, June. With June, you can practice baby first aid at any time, over and over, from the comfort of your own home. The material and the videos explain these concepts in a way that is simple and easy to understand.
To gain a better idea of what you can expect, we've previewed a few modules for you:
The course costs 149.00 euros and you'll have access to it for 3 years, to use whenever you like.
We highly recommend this course and recommend that you and your partner, as well as close relatives who spend a lot of time with your child, such as grandma/grandpa or the babysitter, watch and participate in it.
Great gift ideas
The course is also a great gift idea for expectant parents, grandparents or childcare providers. If you want to gift a voucher from 12minutes, you can do so with the following link and you’ll also get 10% off the purchase price when you use the code Babybox:
In-Person first aid courses
There are, of course, so many more providers. There are also many offline courses, i.e. that you need to attend. You can always consult your midwife for recommendations, as she will usually already know about all of the best local courses. You will find some of these providers below:
German Red Cross
These courses are perfect for parents of children of all ages (from birth to puberty) and for expectant parents as part of their preparation for parenthood.
The instructors will help you learn some important skills regarding the following situations:
- dealing with emergencies
- Suffocation or choking
- Unresponsive - breathing
- Respiratory arrest (cardiopulmonary resuscitation - CPR)
- fever and febrile convulsions
- head injuries
- severe allergic reactions
- swallowing something harmful
- profuse bleeding
- asthma attack
- Broken bones, strains and sprains
At the end of the course you will receive a first aid workbook with lots of helpful tips that you can take home and use again and again to refresh your knowledge.
You can make an appointment online or by phone:
Advice hotline: 08000 365 000
Cost: about 20 euros
The Johanniter also offer a low-cost first aid course for newborns and small children. This course is aimed at (expecting) parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, as well as babysitters. In 8 to 9 teaching units of 45 minutes each, you will learn about measures to prevent accidents, how to treat abrasions, and how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in infants and small children.
Cost: approx. 45 euros