If you’re expecting a new addition sometime in the next nine months, you likely have a growing list of items on your to-list. “Shop for new baby clothes” is usually one of the more exciting items that expectant moms and dads have to take care of before the due date while “Settle on a middle name” can sometimes lead to many entertaining conversations that hopefully results in a good compromise that makes everyone happy. As the date gets closer I implore you to add one final task to your to-do list:
Learn Infant CPR.
This isn’t a fun class. Generally speaking, most moms and dads aren’t “excited” to have to think about what they would do if their baby stopped breathing. Generally speaking, most moms and dads aren’t thrilled with the idea that someday their growing baby might choke on a small toy. Being placed in this situation is something that I wish no parent would ever have to even think about. But as moms and dads we owe it to our children to make sure we are prepared. My job as a CPR instructor is to make learning these skills as easy as possible.
And although it’s a very serious topic, that doesn’t mean I can’t have just a little fun with it...
Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to work with hundreds of expectant mothers and new parents. I’d like to share some of the more entertaining moments with you by answering some of the more unusual questions I’ve been asked.
Do I need to bring my infant to class in order to practice?
No. During the class we’ll be happy to provide an infant manikin for you to practice on. In fact, we’d really appreciate it if you did not practice on your own infant.
Can I buy my own dummy to take home? Where can I find one?
Yes you can, but it hurts their feelings and gets them upset when they’re called dummies. Dummies can be picked up at most nightclubs, bars, or on Tinder. We’d be happy to provide you with some online distributors that sell manikins as well.
While you’re here can I see if this toy/food/object will make my son choke?
Let’s just assume that if you think he might choke on something he probably will choke on something. Best not to find out through a trial and error method.
When faced with a life-threatening emergency, it’s up to the caregiver at home to recognize that an emergency is taking place and act quickly. Calling 911 brings professional help to our home – but in those first few minutes before help arrives, it is up to that caregiver to begin first aid. Moms and dads can learn these life-saving skills quickly and easily. Sign up for an Infant & Child Emergencies Class offered monthly at Waddle n Swaddle locations today. The time you invest now could certainly make the difference later in life.
Owner and Lead Instructor
Your Home CPR, LLC
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