I always told myself that my instincts would kick in if my daughter were ever to choke. After all, my high school biology course included a segment on how to give child and infant CPR. However, after my daughter had a few near-choking incidents, I realized how unprepared I was. Thankfully, I’ve never been in the helpless position I could have ended up in had I not educated myself about CPR.
This edition of TRIO covers three simple tips to keep in mind if you ever find yourself in the situation where CPR may be necessary.
Some may never need to perform child or infant CPR. I hope that is the case, but preparedness is important in the event of a crisis. The best way to prepare is to take an in-person class. Although online research can increase your knowledge of child and infant CPR, taking a hands-on class will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to react quickly and save a life.
If you are present when a child or infant is in need of CPR, the first step is to make sure the immediate and surrounding areas are safe. Rushing in to “help” only to find yourself in a dangerous situation may increase the risk for everyone. Quickly assessing the situation before inserting yourself is essential.
Remember to stay calm – calm is contagious. Others will mimic the behavior of those who appear to be in control and above the level of fear. Remain calm, take control over fear and call 911. If you know how to perform child or infant CPR, ask someone else to call and you can begin to assist the child. Take the risk out of the situation and attend a child and infant CPR class to learn how to save a life.
This blog is not a substitute for the advice of medical professionals. If you would like to learn how to administer child CPR in a hands-on learning environment, sign up for our Infant/Child CPR for Family and Friends class on September 8. You will learn the basic information required to properly perform child CPR. A large portion of the class will be spent practicing the skills learned in the class. This is not a certification course and requires no prerequisites. To register call 405.377.3333. To find out about more courses like this, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter. View all upcoming courses in our digital catalog.