Can Your Child Save YOUR Life?

We all know the importance of learning CPR in case we come across the unfortunate event of someone in sudden cardiac arrest.  But what if that person is you? Who will be there save YOUR life?  As a mother who spends most of the time at home alone with our two small boys, I sometimes wonder “what if that happens to me?” Our sons are 2.5 and 4.5 – perhaps not quite old enough to administer life-saving techniques, but that doesn’t stop us from teaching them the skills.  At a much younger age they were already crawling onto our chests to do compressions and give us mouth to mouth…anytime they saw us laying down!  Now their cousins know about CPR, too, which is a good place to start at their young age.  I was in college before taking my first CPR class and truly understanding the basics of CPR.  If our children are familiar from a young age with the signs of someone in distress and the steps to save their life, these skills should become second-nature to them.

If you have children at home – toddlers to teenagers – it’s never too early or too late to discuss important life-saving skills.  Especially with an older child, you should have a plan of action if anything were to happen to the adults in your home.  Here are some basic tips for how you can prepare your children in case YOU are in need of medical help:
  1. “Is mom napping or not breathing??” Would your child know the difference? Demonstrate to them how to check for breathing and responsiveness by tapping and shouting.
  2. What next?? Even if they are unsure of the situation, it is best for them to get help.  Depending on their level of ability and access to a phone, they should be comfortable with dialing 911 or running to the nearest, trusted neighbor for help (who should then call 911).  The 911 dispatcher should be able to talk your child through what to do.
  3. If your child recognizes that you are not breathing, they should roll you flat on your back and begin chest compressions.  Continue compressions until help arrives!

Basic safety and first aid should be part of your family’s preparedness in case of an emergency, no matter how big or small.  Have a list of your local emergency contacts on the refrigerator.  Make sure your first aid kit is accessible and ready to use.  Have a plan of action for any situation!

These two brothers were only ages 7 and 10 when they came to their grandmother’s rescue. Their story is incredible and inspiring! Not to mention, their brother-bond is the sweetest, as seen in their interview.  With the right instincts, they knew exactly how to work as a team in order to save their grandmother’s life when she was in cardiac arrest.  Read the article and watch their video!  Then make sure your kids would also know what to do.
Did you know your child can be trained in CPR? Sign them up for a class today!

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