Is CPR on your new parent safety checklist?

SAH JourneysLibrary_5174Written by: Terri St. Lawrence, Community Health Program Coordinator

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 you can do to keep your child safe. An important item that should be on this list is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) 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. Choking and suffocation are the leading causes of death for infants under one year old. Respiratory scares and submersion can be immediately responded to with CPR. Pediatric attention in critical situations doesn’t have to start with a medical professional; parents can learn CPR. Successful CPR is all about timing and technique. If you initiate CPR quickly and with proper technique, you can save your child’s life.

If an emergency would occur, are you prepared to handle it? Would you know what to do? Your first line of defense when an emergency strikes is drawing on your abilities to save the life of your child. You need to be prepared. One way you can do this is by getting trained in Infant and Child CPR.

If you are adequately trained in life-saving techniques, you can avoid a tragedy. These training courses can help you to:

1. Recognize an Emergency – New mothers are often unsure if a behavior or symptom their child is exhibiting is normal or abnormal. Taking a class can help you to recognize these types of problems before it’s too late to do something about it.

2. Obtaining Help and Providing Care – If there is an emergency, you will know the steps that you need to follow to get help. Once you summon help, you will know what to do to administer care until emergency personnel arrive.

Where can you find CPR training classes? Agnesian HealthCare Journeys: a health resource center offers Family & Friends CPR for Expectant Parents. This American Heart Association (AHA) class teaches lay rescuers skills in adult, child and infant CPR and relief of foreign body airway obstruction in the responsive victim. The course presents information about the AHA adult Chain of Survival and signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults. The course also presents information on the AHA pediatric Chain of Survival, signs of choking in infants and children, prevention of the most common fatal pediatric injuries and reduction in the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. A course “participation card” is given to each participant. Program fee is $25 per student. Call (920) 926-4960 to register.

About Agnesian HealthCare Womens Health

Addressing the physical, emotional and educational needs of women, Agnesian HealthCare's Women's Health Services offers the resources that apply to your life, in all its wonderful complexity. With a Health Resource Center, Obstetric Services, a Domestic Violence Program, Behavioral Health Services and programs serving women in mid-life, a number of options are available in the Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun areas.

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One Response to Is CPR on your new parent safety checklist?

  1. Linda L. Alexander September 2, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    This is definitely one of the items that needs to be on the checklist. Not only for the new parents but even for the old ones. Everyone should learn CPR skills regardless of age, gender and occupation. Learning CPR skills can truly help save a life, not only our loved ones, but anyone’s life for that matter.

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