Many parents assume that CPR is a life-saving skill that is only needed for older family members who might be at risk of a heart attack or other cardiac problems. However, infants and children are actually at a much higher risk of needing immediate CPR attention, due to concerns about choking and drowning. If you’ve been putting off learning infant and child CPR, here are 3 good reasons to learn CPR basics today.
Child CPR is the cornerstone of water safety
With the warm summer months fast approaching, that means plenty of time outside – pool parties, trips to the lake or swimming hole, and weekends at the beach. However, the summer months are also the peak months of the year for infant and child tragedies that could have been prevented if an adult had been able to administer CPR immediately. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 800 children die in and around water each year, with the majority of those tragedies happening between May and August.
If you have a swimming pool at your home or spend a lot of time at the beach, then, there’s no good excuse for not knowing infant and child CPR. That’s because anytime infants and children are near water, there is a risk of accidental drowning. Children can even drown in a bathtub or a small wading pool. Just looking away for a few seconds could have unimaginable consequences. As a result, child CPR is the cornerstone of water safety. It assures that you will be prepared in the event of a near drowning.
Baby CPR can minimize the risk of choking hazards from food
In terms of child fatalities that could have been prevented by knowing infant and child CPR, choking on items like food or toys comes in a close second to accidental water tragedies. Just about any food object found at a backyard picnic or summer BBQ party can become a potential choking hazard. Round foods – such as grapes or candies – are especially a risk. Sticky food – such as peanut butter on a PB&J sandwich – is another risk. Even hotdogs – perhaps the ultimate food of summer – is the type of firm food that some children have difficulties swallowing. And popcorn – another fun summer food – is also a choking risk because some kids simply try to cram too much of those delicious popcorn kernels into their mouth at one time.
Infant CPR can create time for emergency responders to appear on the scene
Simply being able to respond as quickly as possible to a choking or drowning event can represent the difference between life and death. Failure to administer CPR within 4 minutes of a choking or drowning can result in permanent brain damage. After 6 minutes, there is a risk of death. So you can see how important it is to be able to act quickly. You simply don’t have time to wait for emergency responders to be the first ones on the scene. Every minute counts. So if you can keep a child alive for just 4 minutes, that could be enough time for emergency responders to appear on the scene and take over.
As you can see, learning infant and child CPR can help to prevent the unthinkable. As a parent, you need to be prepared to act at any moment. The good news is that you can sign up for infant CPR classes in Orange County, where you will practice with life- like CPR mannikins. And, if you’d prefer to study CPR in a group, you can also arrange a CPR party in Los Angeles, where you can learn with other parents.