Witnessing a child choke on a piece of food, toy, or other small object can feel terrifying. So can seeing a little one floating face down in a pool or getting shocked by an electrical outlet. If unprepared in these types of situations, parents can feel helpless and lose valuable seconds while not knowing how to help their child. Learning child and infant CPR isn't just smart, it's a necessity that might actually help you save a child's life one day
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Nobody knows this more than Laura Metro, a Washington, D.C. mom who nearly lost her little boy when he almost drowned at the local pool. After this life-changing event, Laura discovered that most moms and dads really don't know what to do in this type of life-and-death situation. As a result, she decided to start The C.L.A.Y. Foundation, which brings infant and child CPR training to parents around the country.
If you're interested in finding an infant and child CPR training class in your area, start by contacting your local recreation center or community college, which often offer multiple levels of training and certification. If you're not able to locate one of these establishments in your town, you can visit the American Heart Association website to search for CPR training near you. Along with parents, older siblings, babysitters, and nannies can also benefit from taking CPR training classes.
Although taking a training class is ideal, you can still learn the basics of child and infant CPR and First Aid through a series of education videos created by The International Federation of the Red Cross. Through step-by-step video instruction and an easy-to-understand format, this IFRC series will leave you feeling more confident and prepared, should you ever find yourself in a situation where a child is choking or drowning.
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