CPR for parents
CPR is essential for all new parents
Being a new parent can be a joyful and new experience that doesn’t compare to anything else in your life. As parents feeling the pressure to be the best parent is normal. New parents feel that they should handle day-to-day life flawlessly. That is not even taking into consideration the possibility of a life-threatening emergency you would have to act quickly and knowledgeably to save your child’s life. Would you know what to do if your baby stopped breathing? If you don’t feel prepared to respond to a medical emergency involving your infant, don’t hesitate to learn CPR, a procedure that consists of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Hopefully, you’ll never be in the position of having to perform CPR on your baby, but it could happen. Undergoing infant CPR training will ensure that you’re prepared in case an unfortunate emergency occurs. Learning CPR can be a life-saving measure you can learn in advance through our instructor-led courses. We can get you feeling comfortable with the technique and walk your through many scenarios that you may experience while raising your new baby. Obtaining a certification can get you educated on performing life saving measures on your own child or someone else’s.
Parents are the first one the scene
When an emergency is occurring more than likely the parents are the first people responding to an incident. The average response time for emergency medical responders is 7 minutes in the United States. In an emergency, you cannot wait for medical responders to arrive to start taking action. Parents can provide necessary medical care in a life-threatening situation until medical technicians arrive. It can only take a few minutes for a child to decompensate when having a cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest. Those precious minutes could make all the difference in saving your child’s life. You will be able to gain confidence and maintain your composure after taking one of our CPR courses.
Cardiac arrest and abnormalities
Heart emergencies such as cardiac arrest and heart attacks seem like issues that befall the elderly. But the sad fact is, these emergencies can happen to children, too. Many times children have undetected abnormalities of the heart that can cause cardiac arrest. Sometimes underlying heart problems can manifest all of a sudden which leaves little time for parents to react. These rare underlying conditions can stop the heart of the baby without any clear reason. CPR training is even more important when it comes to these situations. Administering CPR can help increase your baby’s chance of survival. Performing hands-only CPR can help save your child’s life until help arrives.
Other reason to perform CPR
As mentioned previously infants and children do not need CPR for the same reasons as adults. Most children are not experience a heart attack like adults but other abnormalities may lead to cardiac arrest. Another reason children and infants tend to require resuscitation because of a respiratory issue that leads to cardiac arrest. Reasons why a baby’s heartbeat and breathing may stop include the following:
- Severe asthma
- Near drowning
- Smoke inhalation
- Head trauma
- Electrical shock
- Obstructive apnea
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
CPR restores blood flow to the brain, heart, and other vital organs. Without oxygen-rich blood flowing to vital organs, permanent brain damage could occur after just four minutes and death could occur in four to six minutes. CPR also restores breathing until advanced life support can be given.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is most successful when it is performed as soon as possible. You should only perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation when there are no signs of life or an infant is unconscious, unresponsive, or not breathing normally.
What do you learn in a CPR class?
CPR classes give parents some background knowledge about CPR including when it should be done and how it is performed. A detailed pediatric course provides the correct technique of performing CPR on infants or child to increase the chance of survival. You will learn how to prevent, recognize, and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies. We will be reviewing hands-only techniques, practicing giving compressions on infants and children. We will be discussing rescue breathing for a child. You may also learn about childproofing measures and accident prevention since most children require CPR because of a preventable accident.
Host a CPR Party in Your Home
You’ve probably heard of Tupperware parties and jewelry parties, but how about CPR parties? At CPR Training Austin we offer infant and children CPR parties for parents and their friends, relatives, babysitters, and anyone else who wants to join. CPR Training Austin has experienced instructors that will come to your home or private venue to teach you how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, providing you with personalized attention at every step. We offer a variety of non-certification and certification courses in the Austin, TX area.
Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation could save your child’s life or someone else’s life someday. If you’d like to learn how to administer infant CPR in the comfort and convenience of your own home, consider hosting your own infant CPR party. Call 512-200-2327 or fill out our online contact form for more information!