There are multiple ways we prepare for parenthood. We buy tiny clothes and fold them to fit perfectly in the drawers. We stockpile diapers and wipes. We research car seats and proper installation techniques. We’re prepared…right? What most of us forget to prepare for is the unthinkable: one day you turn around to see your child in their highchair choking and starting to turn blue; or maybe you’re at a neighbor’s pool and your child is pulled from the water, limp and not breathing.
None of the things we are told to prepare for as parents can prepare us for that life-altering moment. Some of us may even avoid preparing because we don’t want to believe it could happen to us. But it can happen, and it’s our responsibility to be prepared and equipped.
CPR is a life-saving skill every parent, grandparent and care giver should know. As bystanders, we are able to respond within the first life-saving minutes and can CHANGE the outcome of the emergency. When bystander CPR is administered correctly within the first 3 to 4 minutes, it can double or triple survival rates. And if CPR is used along with an AED (automated external defibrillator) survival rates can jump up to nearly 60%.
With toddlers and infants, CPR might be necessary after a variety of emergencies including car accidents, near-drownings, choking, suffocation, poisoning, smoke inhalation, electrocution injuries, and suspected sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
It is crucial for us to learn this life-saving skill and take a refresher course every two years so we can be prepared and confident to perform CPR correctly. Empower yourself, your family, friends, and your community by completing a CPR and AED course. We can work together as parents to increase CPR skills and prevent the tragic and unnecessary death of a child.
There are several CPR/AED/First Aid training providers across the state. A simple Google search will give you multiple results. The NDSC is one of those providers. To find a course in your area, go to www.ndsc.org/trainingcalendar or call our First Aid Coordinator at (800) 932-8890.