Yesterday I read two newswire stories about infant CPR and child CPR. Both children were found in their home and in both circumstances, the family appeared untrained in administering CPR. One child was only 3 weeks old, the other was 15 months old. I can’t even imagine the horror these parents felt. My thoughts are with both of these families today.
So, what happened? It’s hard to imagine that a seemingly healthy child would be in a situation of respiratory and cardiac compromise. Kids aren’t having heart attacks, like adults. However, they are prone to accident or injury. And, sometimes, there are undiagnosed medical conditions that can lead to a cardiac arrest. Each of the situations in yesterday’s newswire represent these two main reasons that kids might need CPR:
1. An accident or injury – the 15 month old in Sydney was found face down in the family’s swimming pool
2. A medical condition/illness – The 3 week-old infant, from suburban Chicago, had a cardiac arrest during a diaper change because of an undiagnosed brain anomaly
Prevention is key when raising children, but no one can prevent every single injury, every time. It is critical that parents take a CPR certification lass, at least every 2 years. Furthermore, taking a class with a team, such as those from Chicago CPR, who specialize in child safety and infant CPR is helpful. Chicago CPR has spent the past 5 years educating more than 11,000 new families in car seat safety, home safety, and CPR. Our team has decades of real-world experience and we base our education on the American Heart Association standards as well as our experience in the field.
Prevention and knowledge in how to respond are both important in keeping our children safe. All of us parents are fearful of drowning. Most kids have healthy hearts, so drowning can be one of the situations that has a high recovery rate from quick action and prompt infant CPR or child CPR (depending on the exact circumstances). Even if you do not have a swimming pool at your home, your kids will undoubtably spend time at a pool. These drowning facts are important for all parents:
- Most children drown at home or in a family pool
- In most situations, one or both parents were home at the time of the drowning
- In most situations, the parents report less than a 5 minute window of the child being ‘unsupervised’
More than 80% of injuries happen in the home. In most circumstances, the parent will be the ‘first-responder’. Life is unpredictable. Kids are unpredictable. Stack the odds in your favor. Practice drowning prevention practices, and register for a CPR certification course.