Introducing the Baby First Aid app from the British Red Cross

When the twins were about 9 or 10 months old I did a course on adult CPR and first aid skills, with the British Heart Foundation. It was an eye opener, that’s for sure.

We had a mannequin called Choking Charlie; an incredibly life-like rubber torso that was used for demonstrating the Heimlich manoeuvre.

It was SO life-like. His face was contorted as though he was choking; and it gave me the chills. I literally couldn’t take my eyes off him. When I mentioned this to the fireman who was taking the course, he said it was lifelike because the torso was based on a young boxer who had choked to death.

The mannequin was essentially a death mask.

Strong stuff indeed. Apparently his parents had had the foresight — and generosity — to donate his body to science. And his torso had been cast to create the mannequin that we use today.

I came home and became obsessed by the whole choking issue. The boys had recently started weaning and I found the ‘what to do when your baby is choking’ page in my book, typed and printed it out (in MASSIVE text) and stuck it on to the fridge door.

I figured that — in an emergency — flicking through a book, looking for baby first aid, may take up too much valuable time. Clear instructions, right in front of me, was a much better option.

Happily, the British Red Cross have just launched a brilliant FREE new smartphone app which negates the need for a giant poster on your fridge! It’s already received a 4 star rating on the Apple App Store and it’s easy to see why.

Covering so many topics, from choking to burns, to what to do if your child swallows a hazardous substance, it’s packed with useful advice, videos, animations and tips — all at your fingertips — so you’ll only be a couple of clicks from knowing exactly what to do in an emergency.

Help at your fingertips

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The baby first aid app from the British Red Cross

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British Red Cross ‘baby and child first aid app’

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Baby and child first aid app from the British Red Cross

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Clear, easy to follow advice, at your fingertips

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Lots of different first aid subjects

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Informative advice with useful videos, animations and tips

Knowledge is power

As a parent you want to feel totally equipped for dealing with childhood emergencies.

Knowledge is power, as they say, and the British Red Cross want to educate and inform parents about the importance of learning first aid skills. As well as the app they’d also like to encourage parents to take a course in first aid (these are held across the UK – click here for more info); particularly parents who have kids aged between 0-12 years old.

Personally, I think learning first hand — about first aid — is such a valuable lesson. Taking part in the course with Choking Charlie really stayed with me.

This post has been written in collaboration with the British Red Cross; but, as ever, all thoughts, words and images are my own.


Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. Stacey Hirlam
    4th Aug 2015 / 8:55 am

    As I was reading, I was downloading the app! Excellent post. I just mentioned the my partner too that I didn’t get the purple or green free NHS book (the one that teaches you about ailments and choking etc) with my second baby, just my first. Do they not distribute them anymore I wonder?? #twinklytuesday

    • 4th Aug 2015 / 9:30 am

      Thanks so much Stacey! It’s amazing isn’t it?! What a fab free tool! I didn’t get a book for the boys, funnily enough, but had lots of the advice in the ‘What To Expect’ book. That said, it’s not always at hand when you need it, whereas my phone probably (most certainly ;) would be!

    • 4th Aug 2015 / 11:24 am

      It’s fabulous is’t it?! I’d have paid to be honest, so the fact it’s free is SUCH a bonus!! :) xx

  2. 4th Aug 2015 / 11:46 am

    What a fab idea and I think it is a must have for all parents. I love that it is free and as an app you always have it with you. Thanks so much for sharing, will pass it round my family as I think it’s really important :) just off to download x

    • 4th Aug 2015 / 12:01 pm

      Aah thanks so much :) It’s SUCH a great inventive isn’t it? Makes you feel better equipped as a parent to know you’ve got first aid advice at your fingertips, should you need it xx

  3. 4th Aug 2015 / 11:46 am

    After I have finished writing This will be downloading the app. It is a brilliant ideally will hopefully save lives – thank you so much for sharing this!!

    • 4th Aug 2015 / 12:02 pm

      Thanks lovely. Amazing no-one thought of it before — and the fact it’s the British Red Cross makes me feel very safe and secure xxx

  4. 4th Aug 2015 / 12:19 pm

    Scary things there but great to be aware of these emergency situations and how to deal with them #Twinkly Tuesday

    • 4th Aug 2015 / 3:15 pm

      SO scary!! Honestly — I became absolutely paranoid about the choking situation. Having help at hand is brilliant :)

  5. Jenna
    4th Aug 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Going to download this immediately!!

    I’ve done a few first aid courses in the past due to working with children but I’m always worried I’ll forget what I actually need to do in blind panic if anything ever DID happen. It’s nice to have this information to hand and it will bring such peace of mind to so many people. I think everyone should have this on their phone. Imagine how many lives it could save? xx

    • 4th Aug 2015 / 5:14 pm

      Amazing isn’t it? It certainly makes you feel a bit safer. I’ve looked at the whole app and it’s brilliant!! I’m never without my phone so it’s SUCH a fab safety net! xx

  6. 4th Aug 2015 / 7:27 pm

    A great post Caro – like you say having this information easily available in an emergency could make all the difference. The app looks great and I didn’t know about it before now, off to download, thank you for sharing xx

    • 4th Aug 2015 / 10:13 pm

      Thanks lovely. Weird how some things shake you isn’t it? I’ll never forget that mannequin as long as I live. Poor guy. Hopefully this app will prevent things like that from happening xx

  7. 4th Aug 2015 / 10:12 pm

    I’m off to download the app! What a brilliant resource. That mannequin sounds scary…I have done the St John’s ambulance first aid courses for my job but the mannequin is just freaky looking! Definitely off to look at the courses too. Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday lovely lady – even on your week off :) xxx

    • 4th Aug 2015 / 10:14 pm

      They had the lady one too — I think her name was Anne (?) but she just looked like a weird doll!! Not as real as Choking Charlie!! Thanks for commenting pet — you didn’t have to!!! Will be back on the case next week xxxx

  8. 5th Aug 2015 / 7:18 am

    What a brilliant idea, I’ve done a first aid course but worry I’ve forgotten what to do so this would be great. Off to download now! X

    • 5th Aug 2015 / 5:26 pm

      Amazing isn’t it? If I think of all the rubbish apps I’ve PAID for too!! This one is brilliant and totally free!! xx

  9. 9th Aug 2015 / 10:35 pm

    I love that there are videos and the information is so quickly at hand, brilliant idea xxx

    • 10th Aug 2015 / 11:54 am

      Brill isn’t it? We’re so lucky to live in an era where things like this are so readily available :) xx

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