As mothers and grandmothers, we think of caring for our little ones and know that when they bump their head, we apply an ice pack. When they cut themselves or scrape their knee we clean the wound, apply a band aid and kiss his or her boo-boo.
But what would you do if you suddenly noticed your infant or child stopped breathing?
Drowning, accidents, poisoning and suffocation could be just a few reasons you would have to administer CPR to a child. If an accident like this happened today, would you know what to do?
Every parent or grandparent should know when and how to administer CPR. CPR can save a child’s life by restoring breathing and restoring blood flow to the heart and brain until health care providers arrive.
Of course, CPR for babies and children is different than CPR on an adult. For a baby, you would use fingers for compressions instead of the palm of your hand. Even if you are CPR certified, it is recommended to take an infant CPR course because there are also different ways to revive a baby who is choking.
In the case of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), Infant CPR should be started right away. It only takes an infant who is not breathing to suffer permanent damage to the brain or even death.
At Care 1st Training Group, we encourage those caring for young children to take the Infant and Child CPR class to be prepared in case of any emergency that may happen.
For just a few hours of time, you could save a precious life.
Call us today to guide you in the right direction.
Stacey Krout Minor, PhD(c), MSN, RN