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Beyond the Band-Aid

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If your childhood memories are filled with wilderness camping, remote fishing lodges where you swam across the lake in record time, or a family cottage you can only reach by boat, you likely can’t wait to share the same with your own kids.
Only now that you’re the parent, these locations are fraught with anxiety-provoking possibilities. Whether your most-dreaded scenario involves a head injury, choking, near-drowning, broken bone, gaping wound or an anaphylactic allergic reaction, it may have occurred to you that knowing a thing or two about how to respond to such emergencies would probably lessen your anxiety and improve the odds of a happy ending.

Don’t panic. Just think about enrolling in first aid and CPR courses. There are no shortage of them around Ottawa, so check out some of these suggestions and choose the one that’s the best fit for you.

The Canadian Red Cross is one of the most well-known organizations in Canada offering such training. Its Standard First Aid & CPR Course is comprehensive, covering topics such as cardiovascular and breathing emergencies, head and spine injuries, severe sudden medical conditions, bone, muscle and joint injuries, and wound care, among other things.

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