Differences between Baby & Child First Aid and Paediatric First Aid

First aid techniques can vary depending on the age of the individual needing care. If you have children or work with children a baby & child course or paediatric course may be better suited to your needs than some of the other courses available.

Check out our quick guide below to see the differences between these courses and to see what course may be best for you.

Who is the course suitable for?

Baby & Child First Aid – This course is suitable for parents and those who have young children in their family. It is also for those who wish to gain a basic first aid knowledge what to do in an emergency.

Paediatric First Aid – This course is suitable for those who work with children and need/want a more comprehensive knowledge of child first aid.

How long is the course?

Baby & Child First Aid – This courses is one day long and runs from 9am to 4:45pm.

Paediatric First Aid – This course is 2 days long and runs from 9am to 5pm both days.


Both courses have a set number of contact hours necessary to complete the course. Both courses are completed through continual assessment.


After completed of both courses candidates will receive a certificate which is valid for three years.

What will you learn on the course? 

On completion of the Baby & Child first aid training, successful candidates will be able to:

  • identify potential accident spots in the home
  • administer infant and child resuscitation, including recovery position and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • identify breathing disorders, including choking
  • identify extremes of temperature, including heat exhaustion and hypothermia
  • identify disorders of the brain, including compression, concussion and seizures
  • carry out the proper treatment of internal and external bleeding
  • identify potential injuries to bones and soft tissue, including fractures, sprains and strains
  • identify different types of burns and scalds, including appropriate treatment
  • identify potential poisons and routes of entry and provide appropriate treatment
  • identify miscellaneous conditions, including meningitis, anaphylaxis and febrile convulsions

On completion of the Paediatric First Aid training, successful candidates will be able to:

  • provide first aid for an infant and child:
    • who is unresponsive and breathing normally, including child and infant resuscitation
    • who is unresponsive and not breathing normally
    • who has a foreign body airway obstruction
    • with external bleeding
    • with injuries to bones, joints and muscles
  • understand how to administer emergency first aid to an infant or child with a chronic medical condition or sudden illness such as:
    • sickle cell crisis
    • diabetic emergencies
    • asthma attack
    • allergic reaction
    • meningitis
    • febrile convulsions
  • understand how to administer first aid to an infant or child:
    • who is experiencing the effects of extreme heat and cold
    • who has sustained an electric shock
    • with burns or scalds
    • who has been poisoned
    • who has been bitten or stung
    • with minor injuries, including cuts, grazes, bumps and bruises, small splinters and nose bleeds
    • with conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose
    • with head and spinal injuries
    • with anaphylaxis
    • who is suffering from shock
  • understand how to complete records relating to illnesses, injuries, and emergencies

If you are selecting this course for your workplace please consider the following factors when choosing your first aider.

  • reliability, disposition and communication skills
  • aptitude and ability to absorb new knowledge and learn new skills
  • ability to cope with stressful and physically demanding emergency procedures


To book our Baby & Child course click here. 

To book our Paediatric course click here.

To view our new online courses click here. 

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