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Friday, 16 February, 2001, 00:37 GMT
Parents lack first aid knowledge
Resuscitation techniques shown during a first aid class
Resuscitation techniques shown during a first aid class
Most parents would not know how to save their child's life in an emergency, according to a survey.

The national "Save a Life Survey" reveals that a third of all parents have had to rush their child to hospital at some point.

Despite this, the vast majority admitted that if their child started to choke, fell down the stairs or burned themselves, they would not have a clue about what to do.

It is every parent's duty to know what to do in an emergency

Dani Zuri, editor Mother and Baby Magazine
Experts are now calling for first aid courses to be offered as part of ante-natal classes.

The survey, carried out by Mother and Baby Magazine in association with supermarket chain Tesco and St John Ambulance, found that just 19% of the 2,000 parents interviewed, had been on a first aid course over the previous five years.

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Only a quarter of parents who took part in the survey said they would know how to resuscitate their child or dress a deep wound.

One in five said they did not hold their child's hand while crossing the road and 20% said they had left their child alone in the bath while they answered the front door or the telephone.

Dani Zuri, editor of Mother and Baby Magazine, said parents must learn first aid.

Accident statistics for the four and under age group
500,000 need to go to casualty annually after accidents in the home - 76 die
125,000 are killed or injured in garden accidents
5,804 are injured in road accidents. 3,227 are injured as car passengers and 34 are killed on the roads

"Young children have an incredible number of accidents and although thankfully most are relatively minor, it is every parent's duty to know what to do in an emergency.

"It should be top of every parent's list to learn basic life-saving first aid," she said.

Mark McGee, of St. John Ambulance said: "It is surprising that nine out of ten parents don't know first aid that might be able to save their child's life."

The Save a Life Campaign is now offering three-hour first aid courses for 5 at selected Tesco stores to help prevent accidents.

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