When you become a new parent, you worry day and night about what could go wrong. How you protect your bundle of joy and your other children…….

This is also added to the guilt feeling that arrives the minute you give that last push. Guilt that whatever you do it may not be right.

I have 4 children in total. When my youngest child was 2 years and 5 months (I remember the day and time it was so momentous in my life), I took him to our GP in our village near Huddersfield. He had what I though was a chest infection. What the GP thought however was quite different. I can remember as clear as yesterday, he told me to go straight to the hospital and there would be someone waiting to take Arran’s blood. He then asked me where I was for the rest of day…… my world stopped. They thought Arran had liver failure.

What Arran actually has is Heriditary Spherocytosis

So why the blog? Well we all know what we know and equally and we don’t know what we don’t know. Yet sometimes people feel embarrassed or less intelligent to admit, if they are unsure of. We teach about conditions on all our first aid courses. However, that is where the similarity end, as anyone who has a medical condition will react to it differently.

A learner on our course this week, who has never done first aid before and was a bit wary. She asked lots of questions (first aid related) in the group. What this did was build her knowledge and confidence in dealing with first aid situations. As this was a paediatric first aid course, of course this meant that in the nursery/childcare setting would benefit from her knowledge.

As a parent of a child with a medical condition if the setting or key worker asked about his condition, I felt better. I felt Arran was more protected, which made me feel confident to leave him in the childcare setting as a result.

Now delivering Paediatric First Aid as well as New Parent First Aid courses at Purple Dog, I advise all parents to explain about any condition their child may have to anyone caring for their child. Equally, we tell childcare workers on the paediatric courses, to ask the questions. Asking questions will help them help the child if the condition presents itself in the setting. Rubbing a child’s back while they have an asthma attack will not clear away the mucus. However, if that’s what the parent does for the child in that instance because it helps to soothe them, then the First Aider needs to do the same.

Helping children in any first aid situation is scary, but believe me. What is scarier is not knowing enough about the condition of that specific child to help them effectively. Just ask.

As for Arran, he is now 23 years old. He has no spleen or gallbladder, but apart from the tiny scars where they were taken out, you would have no idea that this had happened. Arran should not to have a tattoo… he has a full sleeve. He is also due to take penicillin every day…… he does not. But that is the joy of having a child with a mind of his own and the inability to see that a mother worrying never stops- no matter what age they are!

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Hope you found this useful,

Helen 🙂