Why Every Parent Must Learn CPR

| July 12, 2019 | 6 Comments

Why Every Parent Must Learn CPR

Your kid’s health is extremely important. Having your child’s pediatrician on speed dial is awesome. But what happens in emergency situations? What happens if your child suddenly stops breathing? Do you know the steps you need to take to possibly save your child’s life? As a parent, it’s important that you have basic knowledge regarding CPR. In this article, we’ll outline what you’ll learn in a CPR class. But first we’ve listed the reasons why this skill is vital for every household.

Why Every Parent Must Learn CPR
Infant CPR

What Can Cause Your Child to Stop Breathing?

There are many reasons why your little one’s heartbeat can suddenly stop. These reasons include but aren’t limited to the following.

Suffocation

Children have very inquisitive minds and they tend to play with anything and everything in sight. Unfortunately, some objects may be suffocation hazards. Common examples of such items include plastic bags or blankets. Covering their faces for even a few minutes with minimal breathable air can prove to be fatal.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Closely associated with suffocation is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In 2017, there were 3600 deaths reported as a result of SIDS. These deaths are common in younger babies and are as a result of accidental suffocation—or strangulation—while sleeping.

Choking

It’s not uncommon for children to place harmful objects in their mouths as they play. Something such as a small sweet or toy can unfortunately, cause choking if swallowed.

Asthma

Certain medical conditions such as severe asthma can cause breathing problems for your little one. You’ll need to know what steps to take to resuscitate your child in time when this happens.

Drowning

A fun day at the beach can turn into a tragic experience if your child nearly drowns. Having CPR-related knowledge will significantly help you in such cases.

Why Every Parent Must Learn CPR
Why Every Parent Must Learn CPR

What You’ll Learn in CPR Class

CPR is designed to restore blood flow to the heart and other vital body organs. In a typical CPR class, you’ll learn about the following three basic parts which make up this life-saving process.

Compressions

The first thing you need to know is how to perform chest compressions. When you notice that your child has stopped breathing, you must conduct 30 chest compressions. The aim of these compressions is to improve the flow of blood.

Airway

The next step is to restore breathing by opening up the airway. An airway can be blocked by the tongue in cases where your little one loses consciousness or if it’s obstructed by a foreign object. In CPR class, you’re taught the technique used to restore breathing including the position in which you must place your child during the procedure.

Breathing

Here you learn how to conduct rescue breathing after the 30 chest compressions. This is how you force air into your child’s lungs.

Conclusion

Are you willing to take chances when it comes to your child’s life? Attending a CPR class is in you and your child’s best interests. It can make the difference between whether your child lives or not. 

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About the Author ()

Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Shirley says:

    I think everyone needs to have cpr so important saves lives

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    This is so important and unfortunately few know how to do this, unless they happen to be some kind of health professional.

  3. micheline says:

    Totally agree, I have only taken CPR for adults, I should look into upcoming classes. Thank you for the awareness.

  4. JoKing says:

    If everyone knew CPR think of all the people who might be saved! It truly is a lifesaver.

  5. I just recently got re-certified for basic first aid and cpr. Such important information/skills to have.

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