Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths in children 1-4

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths in children 1-4

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017*, at least 163 children younger than age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, a Pool Safely campaign partner. Of the 163 reports, 112 of the victims — nearly 70 percent — were children younger than age five. During the same timeframe in 2016, 205 children younger than age 15 drowned in swimming pools or spas,...

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What you need to know in an emergency.

What you need to know in an emergency.

When there is an emergency it is important to have information at your fingertips. You may not remember it all in an emergency. It takes just a short amount of time to compile an information sheet either on the computer or in a book designated to your child. This can save critical minutes and help medical personnel to make quicker decisions. What should be on it? Your address. If a babysitter or family member is caring for your child they may...

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Head and neck injuries in children.

Head and neck injuries in children.

Suspect a head and or neck injury if a child Falls from a height Is not fully alert Falls from a height greater than the child’s height Falls off a bicycle without a helmet Got a direct hit to the head Involved in a motor vehicle accident Complains of neck or back pain, tingling or weakness in the arms or legs Signs of head injury: Has a seizure Vomits Does not respond or move Is sleepy Is confused Has trouble walking Inconsolable Has...

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Do you still do the breathing during CPR?

Do you still do the breathing during CPR?

There’s a some confusion about whether you give breaths during CPR anymore. I get asked this question a lot in my classes. I am going to clear up the confusion. It is important to attempt to give breaths during CPR but not as crucial for adults as it is for infants and children. When adults become unresponsive it is usually a result of cardiac arrest. The oxygen content of the blood is typically adequate to meet oxygen demands of the body...

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What is a CPR party and how does it work?

What is a CPR party and how does it work?

It is a gathering in your home of your friends, family, babysitters, nannies and anyone else caring for your infants and children. Most people have never taken a CPR class because they simply never got around to it. It takes planning and the classes can be hours long and offered at inconvenient times. And besides, they focus mostly on adults. While it is very important to know what to do if your adult loved one collapses it is much scarier when...

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Gagging versus severe choking.

Gagging versus severe choking.

Gagging: Is normal Baby’s gag reflex is close to the front of the mouth. Gagging gets food or objects out of the back of mouth. Gagging is nature’s way of preventing airway obstruction. Baby is making sound such as coughing or the gagging sound. No need to intervene. Severe Choking: An object is lodged in the airway. There is no sound. The airway is blocked. There is no breathing or air movement. Baby’s color is blue around the lips. It’s a...

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