There are a lot of stories circulating in the internet about children as young as 11 saving someone's life through CPR. Sounds like something from a fantasy novel, right? But not really, these are all from reality. All around the world, there are cases of children saving adults more than twice their age. And it's very amazing and inspiring indeed but there are still some parents who are skeptical about letting their child learn it. If you're one of the parents still living in doubt, here are some statements that will, hopefully, convince you that children are just as capable as adults to provide CPR and prolong one's life.
*They learn FAST.
Studies show that little children are easier to teach CPR than most adults, although, some seem to be struggling with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. This is because children are usually eager to learn. Their young minds easily pick up what is being taught to them--thus making it easier for them to learn and adapt the skill.
Contrary to what most adults may think, children are observed to be able to respond to emergency situations with efficiency if they are trained in CPR. They are able to assess the situation and handle the pressure.
*How To Teach Them
Some public schools and community provide lessons about CPR, so you won't have to worry about bringing your child into a new environment just to learn CPR when they can have the same lesson as their peers. There, they also provide equipment such as mannequins, replacement airways, and many more to assist in improving children's learning. There are also some organizations such as Boy and Girl Scouts and Red Cross that provide these kind of programs for children.
*Be The Teacher
If you want, you can also be the one to teach your child CPR, seeing as he or she will surely be more enthusiastic and focused when it is you. It is also best that you keep your lessons simple for your child to follow. It would be better if you get CPR certified as well. Not only will this serve as a stepping stone for your child to learn CPR, it can also be a bonding for you.
*Keep It Simple
Simply speaking, there are two fundamental steps to performing CPR excluding rescue breaths that your child will have no trouble following:
1. Call 911
2. Push hard and fast on the chest following the tune of Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees--so you might wanna search up the song if you also don't know.
So you see, when comes to CPR, anyone can learn to save lives regardless of their age, as long as they have the proper training. In our world, anything can happen anytime, whether that be accident or sudden cardiac arrest, anywhere. During these moments, every second is worth more than gold. If your child happens to find themselves to be in this kind of situation, either with you as the victim or a friend, or a complete stranger, them having the ability to provide aid will increase the chance of the victim's survival before the ambulance or another adult arrives. Start saving lives by raising awareness between you and your family.
CPR Associates, Inc. proudly trains Chicago to help save lives.