Infant and Child CPR – The Importance of Learning

Infant and Child CPR - The Importance of Learning

Recently, God graced me with a nephew. He is seriously the sweetest, happiest baby. I mean, ALWAYS smiling. He was born at 34 weeks gestation. Mama was in labor several times before that. Mr. J was in such a rush to meet us all, he made his debut in early December. Preemies come with fine print. They have more requirements and down the road run into bigger roadblocks than full-term babies. Mr. J stunned us all weighing in at a whopping 5.5#’s and healthy as a horse. There were a few concerns, but nothing more than circumstantial. Mr. J pulled through without a wink.

He came home the day after Christmas. That fine print that comes with the preemie price was him not being able to go home right away. His parents, well all of us, were elated when he finally did. While he was in the hospital, Mom and Dad took some classes to buy their time as they waited for Mr. J to come home. One of which was CPR.

A few weeks ago, while feeding Mr. J stopped breathing. Random, and without obvious cause, just stopped. Utilizing the necessary skills they learned in CPR class, Mom was able to spring into action and perform CPR and resuscitate Mr. J until paramedics arrived. He was stable when they got there. Mom saved his life. So much can happen when anyone, let alone a baby (and remember he’s a preemie), are without oxygen to their brain for a certain period of time.

Because of the information Mom and Dad learned in their CPR are class, they were able to remain calm, spring into action and stabilize Mr. J until further help came along. The average time it takes for paramedics/fire department to reach a call is 7 minutes. 7 minutes can change everything, especially for someone who isn’t breathing.

If you don’t know CPR, I urge you to become certified, especially if you have children. It’s worth it when or if you are ever needed in an instance. In this situation it was their very own child, but it could be anyone. In South Florida particularly, drowning is the #1 cause of death in children and knowing infant and child CPR can change everything. Knowing how to act or what to do in an emergency situation could mean life or death.

Look on the American Heart Association website for the nearest CPR class location!

Let us know in the comments have you ever taken life saving courses? 


The Naturalist Mama


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  1. So glad that your nephew is ok. It is so incredibly important to know CPR. My grandfather was choking during a family dinner and I was the only one who stayed calm and knew what to do (even though I was 9 months pregnant). Knowledge is power.
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  2. oh my! i am so glad that a)he was born in good health and that b)no harm has come to him since. It is a great thing that you are writing about this topic. Everyone needs to know how to do this (even those without kids) so that if they one day need to they can!
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  3. Me, my hubby and daughter are all CPR certified. Thankfully I’ve never needed the skill but feel confident that I’m ready should an emergency arrive.
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  4. this is such an important reminder! we took a CPR class about three years ago when my daughter was about a year old, but now that we have my son, it’s really time for a refresher course. thank you for the reminder!

  5. This is SUCH a great reminder! Thanks for sharing the story. I’m happy your nephew was OK!

    We took an infant CPR class when our first was born, but that was over 3 years ago. I often think that we need a refresher, but don’t get around to doing it. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂
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  6. I have never gotten my first aid course, now it has me thinking that i should
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    1. The Naturalist Mama

      DEFINITELY should. Worth the investment!

  7. Oh my gosh I am glad your nephew is ok. It is definitely important to learn CPR for Adults, kids and even pets such as dogs.
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  8. The Naturalist Mama

    It’s come in handy a few times for me as well. I may not have had to initiate into full blown CPR mode, but I did know how to handle choking situations. I thought it was a great reminder, if not a first time mental note, for parents. CPR SAVES LIVES! Thanks to everyone’s well wishes. He is doing great and Mama and Daddy are learning the ways of parenthood!!!

  9. Thank you, I have recently been looking for information about this subject for ages and yours is the greatest I have
    came upon so far. However, what in regards to the bottom line?
    Are you sure about the source?
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    1. Hi! We are thrilled you have found our post so helpful. The link at the bottom has changed since we first put up the post, I have updated it. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. If you are in search of a link to help you find a class you can absolutely look here now.

  10. It definitely sounds like it would be a great idea to take CPR certification classes; especially for those who have little ones in their family. I had no idea that it can take 7 minutes for paramedics to arrive for emergencies. You are right; seven minutes can change a lot. Learning CPR can save lives in case of those emergencies.

  11. Kristin, your story about how mom was able to perform CPR on Mr. J until the paramedics arrived really got me motivated to learn CPR. My husband and I are hoping to start a family soon. One of our biggest concerns is what to do in an emergency situation. Getting certified in things like CPR could help relieve a little stress and possibly save a life.

  12. This is really important. For me, this is definitely one the things as a mother to learn too. Awesome post!

    1. Thank you. I think this is one of the most important things we can learn as parents. It can not only save our children’s lives one day but can also save the life of another child. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  13. It is really important for us to be ready, for us to have the skills when the situation asks for it. Thank you so much for sharing this. Cheers!

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