Hello Tribe! At what age do we teach our children how to respond to an emergency? I read this article about a 3 year old who facetimed his grandparents when his mom passed out from a migraine in the bathroom. He pointed the phone at his mom on the floor. Grandma and Grandpa then called 911. This is great read because it gives you some great tips on teaching your child how, to dial 911.
When is a good age to teach our children emergency skills?
From the beginning! Educational play is the best. It keeps the mood light so it does not cause your child any anxiety. You can teach them basic first aid skills at a young age. Have a "play" first aid kit under your sink. Teach them what everything is for. Place pressure on an owey, or something bleeding. Place a cold wet towel on a burn. Lay a blanket over someone scared or in shock. With these skills, if they were not with you, or at school, or at a friends house, and an emergency arises, they can be prepared.
What Information Does Your Child Know?
- How to dial 911
- Your phone number
- Emergency contact, grandparents, siblings, aunt, uncle, Godparents number
- How to get home from their school
- What their address is
- A meeting place near the home in case of emergency (mailbox, driveway, etc)
- Do they have their own cell phone
- Basic first aid (for children with proper training)
- CPR (age 9 and older)
When you have this conversation with your child, I recommend it being in a calm comfortable home environment. This gives them the time to really ingest the importance of the conversation. Also make it a light, or turn it into a game. Make sure they know that none of you are in any danger. Give them the opportunity to ask questions. The only feeling a child gets in an emergency, is that of being scared. Let them know that it's ok to be scared but, also they should know how to call for help. We want to make it so thay do not feel too scared if an emergency arises. I would recommend this being an ongoing open conversation. Children love to show mom and dad the things they know. Ask them everyday "What's your address?" "What's your phone number?" "Show me how you dial 911 if there is an emergency." (teach this is airplane mode) If we bring awareness to them it could save their life or someone else's.
Be safe Tribe! Keep our children safe!