First aid for traumatic injuries in children and babies

Essential first aid for treating traumatic injuries in children and babies

Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, and quick and effective first aid can make all the difference when they involve children or babies. As caregivers, parents, or professionals working with young ones, we must equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills to respond promptly and appropriately in such situations. In this blog, Rose delves into the essentials of first aid for treating traumatic injuries in children and babies, shedding light on key practices, regulations, and best approaches.

Key facts and statistics

  • Traumatic injuries are a leading cause of death and disability among children and babies globally.
  • According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 830,000 children die each year due to unintentional injuries.
  • Most of these injuries occur in low- and middle-income countries, highlighting the need for accessible first aid education and resources.

Key definitions

  • Traumatic injuries - Physical injuries resulting from accidents or external forces.
  • First aid - Immediate care provided to an injured or ill person before professional medical assistance arrives.
  • Children - Individuals aged between infancy and adolescence.
  • Babies - Infants aged up to 12 months.

Relevant legislation, regulations, and best practice

  • In the UK, first aid practices for children and babies are governed by legislation such as the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework for childcare settings.
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations stipulate that employers must provide adequate first aid training for employees, including specific provisions for childcare settings.
  • Best practices include remaining calm, assessing the situation, and prioritising the ABCs (Airway, Breathing, Circulation) of first aid.

Child traumatic injuries - Identification, response, prevention

  • Recognition of traumatic injuries - Learn to identify common traumatic injuries in children and babies, including falls, burns, choking, and drowning.
  • Immediate response - Understand the importance of swift action in providing first aid, such as clearing airways, administering CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), and controlling bleeding.
  • Special considerations - Explore unique considerations when administering first aid to young children and infants, such as their smaller airways and susceptibility to head injuries.
  • Prevention strategies - Highlight preventive measures, including childproofing homes, supervising outdoor play, and teaching older children basic first aid skills.


  • Enrol in a certified paediatric first aid course to gain in-depth knowledge and practical skills.
  • Create a first aid kit tailored explicitly to treating injuries in children and babies, including essentials such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, and infant CPR masks.
  • Regularly review and update first aid protocols and procedures in childcare settings, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations.


Every second counts in emergencies involving children and babies. By familiarising ourselves with essential first aid techniques and staying abreast of regulations and best practices, we can play a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of young ones in our care. Let's commit to being proactive in our approach to first aid, empowering ourselves to respond confidently and effectively when it matters most.

Click here to explore our paediatric first aid courses and resources, designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to respond confidently in emergency situations involving children and babies.

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always seek professional medical assistance in emergency situations.

About the author

Rose Mabiza

Rose has dedicated over 15 years to improving health and social care quality through practice, targeted education and training. Her extensive experience includes working with older adults, individuals with mental health conditions, and people with autism and learning disabilities.

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