On Saturday I attended my first CPR and First Aid Course for infants and children. I really don’t know why I have put this off for so long. I feel empowered now. Still terrified that I will ever have to use this knowledge but confident that if I need to I’ll be more capable.
These were the dolls that we practiced on. Freaky little half body boys. But they were super useful to know how hard you actually need to press for compressions and how to position the head when breathing into the lungs. I must confess I had to remove myself a bit from the situation while practicing because I kept imagining that it was my own child I was doing this for and the emotions were overwhelming.
I have read a lot of articles on kids drowning recently. My husband always asks me why I read all “that depressing shit” about kids dying or getting ill but I always feel its better to know so you can make the changes and learn from others mistakes. We are house hunting at the moment and I’m really hoping to find one without a pool. I feel like its not worth the stress and we can just swim somewhere else.
Anyway, here’s a pic of the little plastic babies we had to save…
… a little scary looking but again realistic enough to make you want to really save that little life.
Here’s the most important information I took away from the course to hopefully help someone else who reads my little blog:
- Know the emergency numbers that you would need to call and have it displayed somewhere easy to get to
- Don’t stop CPR until the ambulance gets there regardless of how much time has passed. Don’t give up.
- If you find a child with his/her finger in a plug socket resist the impulse to pull them away. Instead use a wooden or plastic chair or similar to get them away from the plug before starting CPR
- Secondary drowning is a thing. If a child/adult drowns and is resuscitated he/she HAS TO BE taken to the hospital to be checked out even if he/she seems completely fine afterwards. The lungs will still have some water in there and then the body produces more water as a defence mechanism and the child/person can then drown in that water 48 hours later (medical people please forgive me if I have explained this incorrectly but I’m sure the gist is correct)
- If the child gets glass or sand or something in their eye, first rinse it out with cold running water. If the eye is still painful then bandage BOTH eyes and take them to hospital. This prevents the eye from moving around too much and causing more damage.
- If you suspect your child has swallowed something poisonous DO NOT give them anything to eat or drink or make them vomit UNLESS they have ingested medication in which case make them throw up until nothing else comes out and then rush them to hospital. The reason for this is to get the medication out before it gets absorbed into their system. The reason why you don’t give them anything to drink is because some poisonous products get activated with liquids.
- Bee stings should be removed with a flat object like a credit card in the opposite direction that the sting went it. Do not use tweezers as that will squeeze in the venom. (Is venom the right word??)
- If you need to inject someone with an epipen, hold the pen in your fist and jab it into the side of their thigh between the knee and hip. This is done over the clothes. Hold the pen there for 10 Mississippi seconds then remove and rub the injected area for 10 seconds.
I’m sure there’s more but that’s the ones that stood out for me. I hope you never have to use it but if you do hopefully you will remember this.