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Emergency Skills All New Parents Should Know

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There is so much to learn when you become a parent that it can be absolutely overwhelming. From feeding and changing to what to do in an emergency, parenting is the toughest job around. New parents want to be as prepared as they can be for when their baby arrives.

If you have a baby on the way, you are probably busy getting everything ready — setting up a nursery, buying clothes and baby supplies are all a part of the preparation. But what else do you need to know?

When an emergency happens with your child it can be terrifying. Having the proper training like the hands on experience of BLS online training can help prepare you for the unexpected. Grandparents, older siblings and aunts and uncles can all benefit from learning these key first aid skills to help protect your new baby.

CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

With children, it’s important to start CPR before you even call 911 for emergency services. If your child is not breathing it is vital to do what you can to keep the oxygen levels and blood flow going at all times. Babies are more fragile than older children and cannot tolerate oxygen depletion without the chance of brain damage.

Start compressions to the chest just below the line between your child’s nipples. Just below that area is where you should put your hands in fists and start pumping the chest. Two compressions every second is the recommended pace.

Clear the windpipe if possible and begin breathing into the airway twice after 30 chest compressions. Continue this pattern until medical help arrives.

BLS – Basic Life Support

When your child succumbs to illness or has stopped breathing for another reason, your first priority is to keep the blood pumping with oxygen. The BLS class is in complement to your CPR training. It will focus on using all available tools to perform resuscitation. You will learn about proper infant handling, using a defibrillator and breathing masks.

Dress Wounds

Kids are bound to get minor injuries eventually. With active bodies and a natural lack of fear, kids are always bumping and hurting themselves. As a parent you don’t want to have to go running to the emergency room every time your little one takes a tumble. You should know how to dress a basic childhood wound.

For cuts, first stop the bleeding and then clean out the wound. Warm water and an anti-bacterial wash can be used to sanitize the wound. Wrap firmly and change bandages every morning and evening.

For burns, there is little you can do for minor injuries. Nothing stings more than a good burn, so always have a disinfectant numbing spray handy. There is no need to dress a burn with bandages, but leave to the open air. Don’t burst any blisters that rise on the skin and never use butter or oil as part of an old wives tale healing method.

Choking

Every child will go through a stage where they put everything in their mouth. Choking is a real hazard for babies around the house. If you see your child is choking or having trouble breathing you need to take action right away. Flip the child onto it’s belly across the length of your arm with their head facing slightly down, then strike them firmly between the shoulder blades on their back. Keep hitting this area until the blockage is clear.

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