First aid for baby instead of a Tupper party

ham.How do I behave correctly if my child has swallowed something, how do I react to febrile seizures or after a fall on the playground? Issues that concern many young parents, but also grandparents and babysitters. However, courses specifically addressing first aid for infants and young children are still the exception. Melanie Greve from Rickert in the Rendsburg-Eckernförde district will change that.

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“I come home like a Tupperware party,” she says. Greve is a specialist in health care and also educates adults in first aid courses. “I am often asked how it is with babies and young children.” Despite nine lessons, there is not much room for these questions in the official course, says the 29-year-old.

Rendsburg-Eckernförde: Young mother trains first aid for babies and young children

Reason enough that Greve developed a program that specifically deals with the medical basics of first aid for children and is tailored to the needs of parents. This means that on request she can come home to a maximum of ten participants anywhere in Schleswig-Holstein, children can be there and the teaching lasts only four hours.

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A concept that Katharina Heimann likes. “We know each other from the joint training to medical assistants,” she says. Heimann has a nine-month-old son, wanted to refresh his knowledge and found companions in his toddler group. The course recently took place with ten mothers in their living room in Schinkel. What she particularly liked was the private atmosphere. “That way, you have fewer inhibitions by asking questions,” the 29-year-old says.

Katharina Heimann and her son Leon (9 months) now feel prepared for all the everyday eventualities.

“It’s still mostly women who talk to me,” says Melanie Greve. On courses she holds in a fitness center in Kronshagen, on average one third of the participants are men. They also have questions. “Although they are more action-related.” In other words, mothers are more likely to ask about the correct method of putting on leg wraps, men about what to do if the child is injured on the playground.

To illustrate how help should be provided and what differences depend on age, Greve always has three different dolls with him, which represent the range from infant to adult. For the former, for example, it is enough to press one and a half centimeters into the chest for a heart massage, for adults it is five.

Melanie Greve uses a doll to show the right point for heart massage in infants.

Melanie Greve uses a doll to show the right point for heart massage in infants.

“But when a child is lying motionless on the floor, the most important thing is to first check that it is still breathing,” she says. You no longer feel the pulse. “Everyone who is excited feels their own rather than the child’s,” says Greve. At the same time, children are more likely to have a breathing problem than a heart problem.

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Greve hopes that the offer will be taken up more broadly and that families will also take advantage of it, for example: “Pregnant women, grandparents, babysitters, everyone who has to do with children can benefit from it,” she says. She is currently distributing flyers for medical practice throughout the region and promoting her offer on Instagram.

First aid for babies and toddlers

Interested parties who would like to be trained by Melanie Greve can contact the specialist in the health service on telephone 0174/240 35 11 or [email protected] Your first aid course for babies and young children costs 175 euros for up to five people and 300 euros for up to ten people.

It’s the ideal job for Melanie Greve. “I used to want to be a teacher,” she says. She is therefore happy to share her knowledge and can easily combine the shorter courses with looking after her son Levi, who is only 15 months old. “I do not want to leave him alone anymore.” Even though father Björn and the grandparents are of course well trained.

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