As a new parent you probably have hundreds of checklists. There’s one for how to decorate the baby’s room and another for what needs to go in the diaper bag. How about a safety checklist? It’s a list of things you can do to keep your child safe such as childproofing your home.
Another important item that should be on this list is CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, training. CPR is the act of compressing the chest to increase blood flow to the heart and lungs. CPR is done when a person stops breathing and/or the heart stops. Respiratory issues are the number one reason
children stop breathing, whereas heart problems often cause an adult to stop breathing. Successful CPR is all about timing and technique. If you initiate CPR quickly and with proper technique you can save your child’s life.
The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly encourages parents to learn infant and child CPR. However, parents are not the only folks that should learn CPR. An important question to ask when touring daycares and schools is if everyone is CPR certified. There are two options for CPR training:
Option 1: Family and Friends class
- Audience: Parents, grandparents, babysitters
- Content: focuses on the basic techniques of CPR and choking
- Time: 1.5-2 hours
- No certification card is given
Option 2: Community or HeartSaver CPR class
- Audience: Nannies, childcare workers, teachers, school administrators
- Content: CPR and automatic external defibrillator, AED, training
- Time: 2-3 hours (depends on the class size)
- Each successful participant is certified for two years.
Regardless of which class you choose for your family, remember that learning CPR today can save a life tomorrow.
Nurse Nikki offers both options. Email me to set up a private lesson or schedule a CPR Party!
Be healthy. Be safe.