First Aid for Preschoolers: Prepare Yourself and Your Students

First Aid for Preschoolers: Prepare Yourself and Your Students
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Preschoolers usually have plenty of experience with bumps and bruises. They explore, climb, and and run around so often, band aids are common elbow and knee additions. Having young children in a classroom makes first aid preparedness important as a teacher. Extending that preparedness to the students creates a safer environment. Not only should a classroom have a complete first aid kit, the teacher should instruct basic first aid for preschoolers.

Items in a Preschool First Aid Kit

You cannot teach proper first aid for preschoolers if you don’t have a proper first aid kit in the classroom. First, make sure you have a portable bag or box with handles. Field trips, or class walks necessitate portable kits. Backpacks work well. Then, fill the bag with band aids, ace bandages, and gauze pads. Gauze pads and band aids come in boxes with multiple sizes. The ace bandages should include metal fasteners. Then, make sure you have latex gloves, an instant cold pack, and scissors. Also, one of the most important items to add to a first aid kit is antiseptic wash. This helps clean wounds. Let your class look through the first aid kit and explain each item and when you would need to use it. Make a point to remove the scissors before letting the children handle the items.

Basic First Aid

One of the reasons training basic first aid for preschoolers is so important is so they understand why adults treat them when they get injured. Knowledge helps eliminate some of the fear. Supply basic first aid items like band aids, antiseptic wash, and an ice pack. Then, use an old doll and have them practice treating minor cuts and bruises. Explain that you must first clean a cut with antiseptic wash. Then, apply pressure to stop the bleeding and place a band aid. Show them how to handle the band aids without touching the sterile pad. Let them practice with the doll and the medical supplies.

911 Emergency

Obviously preschoolers cannot and should not learn how to handle serious medical situations like unconsciousness, serious burns, or broken bones. Learning how to get help is one of the most important safety lessons for a preschool class. Go over various situations that require 911 assistance, but also explain situations that do not require 911. Make sure they understand the difference. Then, let each student make a “phone call” using an old charged cell phone without a service provider. Since so many people use cell phones, understanding how to dial 911 and then press “send” is an important skill.

Every preschool student should learn how to get help if they need medical assistance and what to do for minor cuts and injuries. Use dolls and stuffed animals around the classroom as patients and have the students demonstrate what they learned.

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