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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