Oh baby! It’s a first aid course with a dif­fer­ence

Par­ents learn how to deal with emer­gency sit­u­a­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Al­most a dozen par­ents in Cam­bus­lang learned what to do should their child choke, fall ill sud­denly or be in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.

The men and women were among some of the first ever to at­tend a first aid course for ba­bies and chil­dren in the town on Mon­day.

They were led by Theresa Gal­lagher, a Ruther­glen wo­man who has just launched her com­pany Help­ing Hands First Aid Ltd.

As some­one who has dealt with sev­eral emer­gency sit­u­a­tions as an air host­ess, Theresa has re­alised that many mem­bers of the pub­lic feel ill-equipped to sup­port loved ones in a cri­sis.

Her new com­pany aims to change that.

It will de­liver first aid train­ing specif­i­cally geared to­wards par­ents, guardians and peo­ple who look af­ter chil­dren.

Theresa said: “It’s so im­por­tant to learn first aid. It gives you the skills that make you feel more con­fi­dent that if any­thing should hap­pen that you would know how to deal with it.

“I wanted to make it more ac­ces­si­ble for par­ents who can come along with their ba­bies and chil­dren to a class, not a for­mal en­vi­ron­ment.”

Eleven peo­ple took part in Theresa’s class in Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute.

Mother of one Ni­cola McMa­hon, from Cam­bus­lang, took part.

She said: “I think it’s a re­ally im­por­tant skill to have. There are so many things to watch for with chil­dren, they are into every­thing, so it is good to be pre­pared. Chok­ing is a ma­jor one, they can pick up any­thing and put it in their mouths.

“On the course there were a lot of things cov­ered like mi­nor in­juries. It would help the NHS if par­ents knew what to do with mi­nor bumps and cuts. I feel like I can deal with it my­self.”

Ni­cola added: “Theresa was great, she was so in­for­ma­tive and no ques­tion was a daft ques­tion.”

Theresa was in­spired to launch her busi­ness af­ter deal­ing with a num­ber of emer­gen­cies as an air host­ess.

She said: “I work for an air­line at the mo­ment and I have 16 years ex­pe­ri­ence in first aid, from car­diac ar­rests to epilepsy and al­ler­gies.

“I re­alised their was a gap in the mar­ket for par­ents to learn first aid.

“There are other com­pa­nies that do it in Eng­land and it has been tak­ing off there. I thought no one is do­ing it in Scot­land so why not bring it here.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Theresa’s cour­ses search for Help­ing Hands First Aid Ltd on Face­book.

Help­ing Hands Theresa with par­ents tak­ing part

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