Last Updated on June 15, 2021.
This article is a guest post from Ann from First Aid Pro. As the mom of two NICU babies, I’m a strong believer in preparing for emergencies. This includes training in techniques such as CPR. So today Ann is laying out all the benefits of CPR training for parents.
Everyone should know the basic first aid skill of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Especially parents and children. This technique can help to revive an individual who has suffered from a cardiac arrest, heart attack, and other cardiovascular emergencies.
The performance of CPR ensures that the blood keeps circulating to the vital organs of the body.
If you are a parent…
We all know the hassles that come with parenting. Whether you are a new parent or had previous experience with children before. It is especially difficult for young children as they are not able to express their pains or feelings aside from excessive crying, fever, and other subtle symptoms.
CPR training for parents enables you to help your child when no ambulance or medical assistance is available immediately. Remember, emergencies do not wait for anyone, and it usually happens at times we are not expecting something to happen. Knowledge of CPR enables parents to be confident.
CPR is a fundamental type of first aid procedure that helps a child in an unconscious or unresponsive state to breathe normally.
Children, especially infants and those who are below 5, may require a different type of CPR when they have respiratory problems. This is due to their bones not strong and developed enough to endure normal chest compressions as to adults. If CPR is done correctly, you can easily save your child from a respiratory problem, choking, or drowning.
If your child stopped breathing suddenly, would you know what to do?
It is highly recommended that every parent goes on a CPR course as it makes the CPR process easier to understand and remember. Follow the next steps to properly perform CPR on a child or infant involved in a medical emergency.
The Basics of CPR
Here are the steps on Child and baby CPR from The First Aid Course Sydney, Australia.
1. Ensure Scene Safety
Check the nearby area and check for potential hazards, such as electrical equipment and traffic.
2. Check the child’s responsiveness
Slightly tap their feet or simulate part of their body to see if you get any response or reaction.
3. Check the child’s breathing
Look, listen, and feel if the breathing pattern is normal. Put your face close to the child’s face and observe chest movements. Look for no more than 10 seconds before deciding whether the child is not breathing.
4. Perform CPR if necessary
If the child is not breathing or is breathing but infrequent and irregular:
- Place them on the recovery position on their side
- Carefully remove any obstruction if there are any
- Give five initial rescue breaths (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation)
- Perform chest compressions alternating with rescue breaths
- If the condition did not improve, dial 000 or go for help. Do not leave the child unless absolutely necessary.
As it can take an ambulance an average of 10 minutes to attend to an emergency, it is critical for bystanders in the incident area to know how to perform CPR.
Here are the live-saving reasons why parents need to learn CPR.
- Be able to perform hands-only CPR
- Learn how to use an AED
- Lifeguard your child from drowning
- Put your CPR Training to good use
CPR Training for Children
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), children as young as nine (9) years old are capable of learning and retaining knowledge acquired from CPR training. A study by physicians in the UK shows that although many children at that age do not yet have the full capacity and strength to perform complex procedures such as chest compressions and rescue breathe to an adult, learning CPR will stick to them for the rest of their life.
Countless events were reported around the globe were instances of young people performing CPR, first aid, and utilizing other emergency skills to save lives. Just recently, a nine-year-old boy from Melbourne has been hailed a superhero on the news after saving his mother’s life using the first aid technique he saw on his favorite television show.
A 9 Year Old Hero
Jessie Tait, 9, rescued his mother, Sarah, after she dived into the pool and did not come back up. He then realized that his mother was drowning and later, he decided to spring into action with first aid moves he had seen being performed by the lifeguards on the TV show ‘Bondi Rescue’.
Jessie flipped over his mother facing upfront as he was unable to lift her. He then started pushing on her tummy until the water comes out.
Incidents like Jessie and her mom proves that CPR and First Aid does not only apply to parents looking after their children. It could also be the other way around.
If you are considering having your child to get a first aid course, make sure that the person or organization you enroll them are registered and allowed to deliver age suitable CPR and First Aid training to your child.
CPR is also recommended by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) to be refreshed annually to keep skills sharp, learn about CPR methodology changes, and to help strengthen the child’s memory of the child. There are many schools in Australia that provide First Aid and CPR training to youth and children. There are also RTOs that offer tailored courses to teach youth and children the fundamentals of CPR and other life-saving skills.
Kids Can Save Lives Too
Introducing the topic of CPR and first aid in their early years, be it in school or at home, can grow into a child’s understanding and effective application of the skills. An updated review of studies in 2013 shows that training CPR at a much younger age is valuable. It is one of the possible methods to increase bystander CPR rates in all parts of Australia.
The knowledge and skills that a parent or child may learn in a CPR program today, may save a life tomorrow. Remember, any attempt at performing CPR is better than no attempt.
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