Why you should know CPR

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies

Something I should know as a parent, but don't, is CPR.

While we haven't had any scary incidents so far, I feel like I'm playing Russian roulette every time I read a story like this -- about a 3-year-old Australian boy who chocked on a lollipop at a birthday party, and no one know what to do while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

In light of the tragedy, a spokesman for the local emergency responders reminded parents that it can take as little as four minutes without oxygen for brain injuries to start occurring. Subsequently, parents should be able to start CPR immediately whenever a child begins choking and can't talk, cough or breathe. Even a small amount of oxygen can save their life.

I live in the Austin, TX area, and found this great site for information about local classes and training. I'm sure a quick Google search can find something similar in your area.

Have any of you actually had to use CPR on a child?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.