Keeping our children safe is right at the top of the parenting priority list. No parent likes to fear the worst when it comes their little ones, but knowing what to do in the case of an emergency can literally be a life saver. To save heading straight for panic stations or searching the web when time isn’t on your side, here are our top first aid apps to keep you in the know wherever you and your tiny tot go.
National Home Doctor Service
The National Home Doctor Service app ensures that you and your family receive the best possible care, whether it’s late at night, during the weekend or even public holidays. The clever booking system sends a qualified doctor to your door with just a click of a button, simply request an appointment and await a call back to confirm – it’s that easy. Covering suburbs across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and more, National Home Doctor Service is there for when you or a loved one gets a sudden bout of sickness after hours and your regular GP is unavailable.
The CPR Australia app has been cleverly designed to incorporate sound recordings into its guide. There’s a nifty tempo gauge too which allows you to follow directions through every step of the CPR process. With infant, child and late pregnancy CPR included, and the 000 call-out on every single screen, this app is a must for all parents.
CPR Australia ($3.79) is available from iTunes for iPhones and iPads.
Australian Red Cross
Developed specifically for Australians, the Australian Red Cross app gives advice and appropriate actions for common emergencies from burns to broken bones. The simple yet effective interface is incredibly easy to use with a combination of videos and images for first aid solutions, making it a dream tool for stressful situations. Best of all, it’s free!
First Aid by Australian Red Cross (free) is available from iTunes for iPhones and iPads, and Google Play for androids.
For all weather emergencies
Handy Pocket Guide
The Australian First Aid Pocket Guide does exactly what it says on the tin. Designed by premier providers of first aid and advance life support training here in Australia, the user-friendly app covers everything from advanced traumas to the most common medical emergencies. Divided into colourful categories, with clear images and text, the information is well structured giving you everything you need in your back pocket.
Australian First Aid Pocket Guide ($2.49) is available on iTunes for iPhones and iPads.
Sleep soundly with Sids and kids
The Safe Sleeping app from Sids and Kids gives new mums and expectant parents heaps of helpful advice to ensure baby sleeps safety. With fatal sleeping incidents always a worry, this app helps to clarify the dos from the don’ts when it comes to safety wrapping your baby and tips on tummy time. With direct links to their website to give you access to even more support, this FREE app should be on every parents radar.
Be safe around water
The Victorian Water Safety Guide is all about increasing everyone’s awareness around the water, which for parents, is a pretty big deal. Packed with information for all sorts of slippery situations, this guide comes in handy whether you’re at the pool, out on the boat or taking the kids for a paddle. And for days when the beach is calling, the safety app has all the patrolled beaches pin pointed for you.