Life Skill: First Aid

by Audra Krell with T.F. Edwords

When teaching my tween boys basic first aid, I rely on teachable moments. If they are injured and need bandages, antibiotic ointment, aloe vera or a pain reliever, I take them to "the cabinet" — an upper kitchen cupboard stocked with necessary supplies. I verbally identify which items I’m retrieving and explain how and why they are to be used.

Verbal cues can be handy when teaching kids to distinguish between minor injuries and medical emergencies. Tweens need to watch for the "Three B’s": bleeding, breathing troubles and broken bones. If someone is bleeding for more than a few minutes, having trouble breathing or unable to put weight on an injured limb, these are emergencies requiring assistance from an adult or a call to 911.


This article appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of Thriving Family. Copyright © 2012 by Audra Krell and Focus on the Family. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.


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