A recent scare in our household highlighted for me how important it is for children to know some basic life saving techniques. My son noticed before I did that his little sister was showing signs of distress and told me right away that she needed help. His quick observation and analysis of the situation saved precious seconds when it counted.
Emergencies happen and it’s a good thing for children to be prepared, just in case an adult is not around. Learning some life-saving skills, such as CPR and rescue techniques, can help save a life.
Really, the school curriculum should include some basic skill development in this health and social area, but until it does, it is up to parents. It is crucial for kids to learn basic resuscitation and first aid. It could be crucial information to know in their lives.
Being prepared also gives children confidence to react calmly and effectively when nerves and ignorance can make an already bad situation worse.
Vital life-saving technique classes teach kids how to check for responses, to perform chest compressions and rescue breaths on someone who is unconscious through role play situations. Classes also emphasize how important it is to call for help immediately in the case of an emergency because it give a victim the best chance of survival.
Many organizations offer free classes to learn these basic life saving techniques, including water safety. Check with your local YMCA (www.ymca.net), local hospital, local firehouse, and the Red Cross.
Article By Nuria Almeida
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