Family life is so busy these days that it’s hard to find your car keys and coat just to get out the door. This is even more true for the parents of infants and children. What a juggling act…from round-the-clock feedings and diaper duty to never-ending laundry. New parents learn to sleep with one eye open, can hear a pin drop and do a happy dance after a few hours of shut-eye.
You wouldn’t change a thing about your new normal, but navigating life after delivery has its challenges. Plenty of love, patience and a full supply of burp cloths are required for everyone from grandma to the family pet. It’s easy to get preoccupied with just learning baby basics.
Keeping Your Child Safe
One very important aspect we often fail to consider during the whirlwind of life is that sometimes things happen that are out of our control. We fall into a false sense of security by not preparing for the unexpected. New parents worry about day-to-day safety concerns to ensure the baby is buckled correctly in their car seat, stroller and on the changing table. High-tech baby monitors give us instant alerts, and we baby-proof everything with child-proof locks and have an app for all things baby.
Why Should You Learn Infant/Child CPR?
How you handle an infant/child emergency may be one of the most important challenges of your life. Knowing the steps to take in the event of a medical event could save the life of a child. Administering CPR on adults is often done due to a sudden cardiac event, but when a baby’s breathing or heartbeat stops, it may be due to the following:
• Severe asthma
• Obstructive apnea
• Near drowning
• Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
• Smoke inhalation
When and Why?
An ideal time to learn CPR is before the baby is born. Emergencies don’t happen on our timetable. Moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers who take an infant/child CPR class learn the proper methods and techniques for helping in the event of a medical emergency.
Where to Sign Up….
Hospitals, community centers and local chapters of the Red Cross offer infant/child CPR training. Once you’ve taken the course, be sure to keep a printable step-by-step procedure chart handy in the car, kitchen or with your other first-aid equipment. Family and friends CPR courses are available for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a completion card as a part of a job requirement.
CPR Resource Information
It’s as easy as typing in your zip code on the American Red Cross website to find a class near you. The Red Cross and American Heart Association websites provide excellent overviews on available courses both in person and via eLearning. These websites will also advise you of any costs associated with the courses.
Take the time, take the course and help save a life!