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BENEFITS OF ATTENDING AN INFANT CPR CLASS

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS TO KNOW INFANT CPR

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. Administering CPR could save your baby’s life if his/her heart stops beating or he/she isn’t breathing adequately.

In an infant CPR class, you’ll learn the step-by-step processes required to assess an infant and perform CPR. While it’s ideal to take a CPR class before your baby is born, it’s better late than never. Every parent should know how and when to perform CPR because administering CPR improperly can be harmful to your child.

Causes of CPR Being Administered on Infants

Infants usually don’t need CPR for the same reasons that adults do. Adults typically require CPR because of a sudden cardiac arrest emergency resulting from a heart attack, while 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:

  • Suffocation
  • Choking
  • Severe asthma
  • Poisoning
  • 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.

CPR is the most successful when it is performed as soon as possible. You should only perform CPR when there are no signs of life or an infant is unconscious, unresponsive, or not breathing normally.

What You Learn in an Infant CPR Class
The best way to learn infant CPR is in a class taught by a certified instructor. It’s better to attend a class than to try and learn infant CPR from a book or website, though such materials can help you get acquainted with CPR before your class or refresh your memory after you undergo training.

In an infant CPR class, you will learn how to prevent, recognize, and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies. You’ll learn to perform CPR and possibly how to use an AED. Your instructor will likely use an infant-sized mannequin to demonstrate how to perform CPR, guiding you to ensure that you learn the proper techniques. You may also learn about childproofing measures and accident prevention since most children require CPR because of a preventable accident.

CPR for infants is slightly different than CPR for adults. Instead of using the palm of your hand to do chest compressions, you use your fingers. The CPR techniques for infants and older children are also different, so it’s important to learn both.

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