AS a new mum, Catherine Tyldesley is backing a Red Cross campaign to teach parents first aid so they can protect their children.
The Coronation Street actress, who is engaged to Standish-born Tom Pitfield, has joined a host of celeb mums to launch The First Aid Rapped Up, which uses music videos with rapping toddlers and babies to deal with first aid issues.
If any of you have thought about doing a first aid course but have felt intimidated by the thought of it – don’t beCatherine Tyldesley
Catherine said in her blog with Hello! magazine: “I’m delighted to announce my support for the British Red Cross campaign, which launches this week with a brilliant TV ad, and video of babies and toddlers rapping first aid advice to parents.
“When I first became pregnant with Alfie, doing a first aid course was on the top of my to-do list. Toddlers and children are always getting in to scrapes; whether they’re falling off their scooters or mistaking liqui-tabs for sweets, and I wanted to be prepared. So me and my mum, Janet, jumped at the chance.
“If any of you have thought about doing a first aid course but have felt intimidated by the thought of it – don’t be.
“There is nothing difficult about learning first aid. Most of the time it is just common sense but one of the best things about the course is it gives you the confidence to do something, if you need to.
“It’s practical too; designed to help you make use of everyday items around the home. So, if you’re child suffers a bad cut, you can grab a t-shirt or towel and apply pressure to the wound. If your child suffers a scold or burn you can also use it to keep the burn clean, after running it under cold water for ten minutes.
“I would thoroughly recommend the Red Cross first aid course. Alternatively, download the baby and child first aid app for an interactive guide on how to tackle life’s emergencies. It’s quick, it’s easy to use and it could save your child’s life.”