Child CPR: It might save your baby’s life (or someone else’s)

I turned my eyes away for that one second. I heard that awful noise. What could she have gotten into in a room we baby proofed before she was even born? Paper. A piece of an instruction pamphlet from one of her toys. She ate the corner of it and it was stuck on the roof of her mouth and throat. This could go horribly wrong. I managed to put her over my arm and firmly pat into between her shoulder blades. This loosened what was in her throat and I pulled it all out. She was crying. I was crying. I held her and kissed her. Two days earlier I took the CPR and AED course at Cape Cod CPR in Yarmouth. I became certified in CPR and AED. THANK GOODNESS.

They say when something like what I experienced with my daughter happens, you panic and forget everything. Not at all. Your instincts rush through you like a waterfall. Your brain flows with all the knowledge you have learned to save a life. The first and most important reason to become certified in CPR is for your child(ren). I don’t know about other new moms and dads, but I am on the edge of my seat every time my daughter eats real food now. I’m afraid she will choke. She’s just learning to chew and that world is so new to her. I already had one scary moment and I’m not going to let anything happen to her if I can prevent it.

The second prominent reason to be certified is the value of another’s life. Imagine you are walking along the beach and you go by an outdoor restaurant. You can see that someone is struggling at their table. They clasps their hands over their throat. You know what must be wrong but you can only stop and call 911 because you never took that CPR certification course. What if you did take that course? Would this person be saved faster? Since we now live in a Covid world, having one of these with you is a must: Emergency-One-way-Breathing-Barrier-Training. It is small, so you can carry it with you anywhere and it protects you when having to perform direct contact mouth to mouth. I hope I never have to, but I am confident with knowing what has be done in case an emergency occurs.

Now, the first two reasons may seem completely obvious. Yet, I know so many people who aren’t certified and they have children! I think it’s the doubt, the intimidation, and of course the time it takes. The course was only two hours long. You can schedule ahead in advance so you can plan to have a babysitter or each parent can go separately.

Lastly, taking the certification is a way of gaining the knowledge to successfully become a potential hero. The course is packed with all sorts of educational videos and hands on work with practicing CPR. Everyone is six feet apart and the room is disinfected before and after each class. The teacher that I had was very informative and gave me the confidence to perform CPR and use the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) machine. To stay up to date with all the current protocols, you must take the CPR certification class every two years. We can all feel a little more safe by becoming CPR certified. Our hearts won’t be able to deal with the what if’s.