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Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Infant First Aid | 0 comments

Infant CPR – Thinking Differently

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Infant CPR is an essential First Aid skill necessary for all parents to acquire.

Infant CPR is an essential First Aid skill necessary for all parents to acquire.

Many people are aware of the importance of raising their infants well, but just how many parents and guardians are willing to invest in the necessary skill to make this a seamless process? One of the key skills required for this is Infant CPR. Generally speaking, CPR, in full cardiac pulmonary resuscitation, is a life-saving technique that is carried out in the event that someone becomes unconscious, or when they stop breathing suddenly. When it comes to infants, the need for CPR is often necessitated by choking, something that happens frequently and which is responsible for the grim statistics that we have today. For this reason, it is important for care givers who attend to infants to be able to think outside of the box as far as proper care is concerned.

Some of the questions that you need to ask yourself when wondering whether or not to take up infant CPR include:

–          Do you know what course of action to take in case the infant experiences choking when feeding or playing?

–          What if the infant is not responsive even when you talk to them?

–          What do you do when the infant stops breathing? Would you know how to help them?

The answers to these questions will give you a rough idea as to where you need to be in light of training for infant CPR. It is interesting how, when parents are looking for a child care giver, they will go to great lengths to make sure that such a provider is well versed with Infant CPR, yet they themselves are not always in the know. This is further worsened by the fact that many of the people around the home do not know CPR. With many more infants dying as a result of choking, it is extremely important for parents and caregivers to learn the elemental techniques in this form of CPR. Not only does it help one to prepare for an emergency, it also helps ensure the safety of the infant.

Contrary to what many parents would want to think, it is not expensive to undertake training in infant CPR. This is why thinking out of the box is helpful. If you cannot afford to take a session in many of the training centers available, why not look for a course that is offered online? There are many advantages to taking an online course, key among them convenience as well as affordability. There are a number of websites that offer graphics and tutorial videos on the proper method of carrying out infant CPR. In fact, a good number of these make use of learning tools that are integral to proper comprehension.

A number of the sites will also offer student evaluation to establish that the student has understood the techniques, alongside certification after successful completion. It is important to make mention that even with the relative ease of locating courses online, parents need to be careful to get accredited training centers. Thinking out of the box is not so hard after all.

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