As a new parent you probably have hundreds of checklists. There’s one for how to decorate the baby’s room and another for what needs to go in the diaper bag. How about a safety checklist? It’s a list of things to you can do to keep your child safe. An important item that should be on this list is CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, training.
CPR is the act of compressing the chest to increase blood flow to the heart and lungs. CPR is done when a person stops breathing and/or the heart stops. Respiratory issues are the number one reason children stop breathing, whereas heart problems often cause an adult to stop breathing. Successful CPR is all about timing and technique. If you initiate CPR quickly and with proper technique you can save your child’s life.
The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly encourages parents to learn infant and child CPR. However, parents are not the only folks that should learn CPR. An important question to ask when touring daycares and schools is if everyone is CPR certified.
There are two options for CPR training:
Option 1: American Heart Association “Family and Friends” Non-Certification class
- Audience: Parents, grandparents, babysitters
- Content: focuses on the basic techniques of CPR and choking
- Time: 1.5-2 hours
- No certification card is given
Option 2: Community or HeartSaver CPR class
- Audience: Nannies, childcare workers, teachers, school administrators
- Content: CPR and automatic external defibrillator, AED, training
- Time: 3-3.5 hours (depends on the class size)
- Each successful participant is certified for two years.
Regardless of which class you choose for your family, remember that learning CPR today can save a life tomorrow. There are a few places in the New Orleans metro area that offer the above courses:
- Nurse Nikki LLC offers private and public CPR training for new parents, businesses and schools. She will hold a class on March 6, 2013, from 6:30-8:30pm at ZukaBaby.
- Tulane Simulation Center offers CPR training for healthcare providers and community workers.
- American Red Cross offers CPR training for community workers.
- The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital offers the American Heart Association’s “Friends and Family” classat the Metairie location Thursday, Feb. 21 and April 18, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Download The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital 2013 Spring Class Schedule.