Note To Self & Other Moms; Learn First Aid!

This morning as I had my coffee, I came across a video on Facebook where a twelve day old new born stopped breathing. The police stopped the speeding car and successfully revived the child and kept her breathing until paramedics arrived. I cried through the video. the mom looked like a new mom and I could just imagine her fear.

Afterwards I reflected on the fact that I was last ‘certified’ in First aid while I was in nursing school years ago and while I still keep the first aid manual within reach on my bookshelf, I know I don’t really remember much if any of it. As a mother now, I feel like that video reminded me of the need to keep at the very least some aspects, including CPR.

It was just a jolting reminder that it’s something that could literally save a life and as a mom, still relatively new, I wouldn’t want to be caught in the position of being in an emergent situation and not knowing what to do.

The edition I have is the 9th edition, and I believe since then there’s been a ‘9th REVISED’ edition, a ’10th Edition’ and a ’10th REVISED Edition’. I don’t know how much the information had changed so I will be supplementing the information with research, and I encourage mommies, especially local Jamaican mommies to do the same. Especially if you are in a remote area and medical help may be some distance away.

Also, don’t forget to keep a first aid kit around the house. You can buy one ready-made or simply compile one yourself. Here is a list I copied from KidsHealth.Org.

What Should a First-Aid Kit Include?

Put these in each of your first-aid kits:

  • an up-to-date first-aid manual
  • a list of emergency phone numbers
  • sterile gauze pads of different sizes
  • adhesive tape
  • adhesive bandages (Band-Aids) in several sizes
  • elastic bandage
  • a splint
  • antiseptic wipes
  • soap
  • antibiotic ointment
  • antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
  • hydrocortisone cream (1%)
  • acetaminophen and ibuprofen
  • extra prescription medicines (if the family is going on vacation)
  • tweezers
  • sharp scissors
  • safety pins
  • disposable instant cold packs
  • calamine lotion
  • alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
  • thermometer
  • tooth preservation kit
  • plastic non-latex gloves (at least 2 pairs)
  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • a blanket
  • mouthpiece for giving CPR (you can get one from your local Red Cross)

Also keep a blanket stored with your kit.

Talk to you guys soon!



Shandean Reid

A lifestyle blogger, digital and strategic communications practitioner and self-published author, I am also a heavily caffeinated, quintessential wife, mom and bookworm. This space is my contribution to the internet for the practical, resourceful everyday millennial.




  • Alexis Chateau

    My mom and I keep a first aid kit and blankets in the car. You just never know!

    • Shandean

      Definitely a good practice.

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