Guest blogger: Katie Finn, Kidz First Aid
I am a paediatric nurse and after many enjoyable years of working in Paediatric A&E settings I realised that first aid information specific to children’s emergency procedures is not easily obtainable for parents so I decided to go it alone and set up Kidz First Aid. My aim is to give parents peace of mind and confidence, so they know what to do if things go wrong.
To spread the word of my courses I decided to exhibit at a baby fair but felt I needed to have a product on offer for parents to buy rather then just handing out leaflets. One of the topics I cover on my course is first aid kits. Then it struck me – why not design my own and make it child specific. In the end I went for 3 different designs – one for babies that is small enough to cram into a nappy bag, a middle range one that can be used by all the family and a deluxe model that can be used by older children themselves as well as adults.
I decided on the contents with a little help from my nephews (although I don’t think the eye pad was the one they had in mind) it was then on to the bag. There are so many generic green bags out there I wanted mine to be different and fun as well as locally made. I found a very helpful neoprene company in Cornwall and the kits were born.
My decision to support DAAT was a very easy one. Not only are they local and very relevant to my work but in my previous nursing role as Paediatric Burns Nurse for Devon I heard nothing but praise for the team from parents when their children had been airlifted to Frenchay Hospital. This is a vital service and I am happy to donate £2 to the charity for every first aid kit I sell. The DAAT team are all so friendly and supportive of my new venture and I was absolutely delighted when they said they would endorse my kits – I could not wish for better support.