Newborns don’t come with instruction manuals. Therefore new parents are often afraid they don’t know everything they need to know in regard to their bundle of joy. While you may not know everything about babies, you can learn. And one thing you’ll want to learn is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Here’s why every parent should know how to do it.
No parent wants to think about their child choking or ever needing to perform CPR on anyone, much less their own child. However, when done correctly CPR can save your child’s life. It can restore breathing and circulation until emergency personnel arrive.
Why do you need to know how to do CPR? Certain injuries can cause a person to stop breathing. If there is no breath, blood cannot circulate which means the brain will be starved of oxygen. Someone who isn’t attended to as quickly as possible can suffer permanent brain damage or even die in as little as eight minutes. While any death in this manner is a tragedy, to lose a child in this manner, especially if you could have done something about it, can tear a parent apart.