Do your children know what to do if they see another child in an emergency situation? “Emergencies can happen to anyone, anywhere — even children,” said Lon Rosen, founder of the Davie-based One Beat CPR. “Emergencies like sudden cardiac arrest or drowning may require CPR. It is extremely important for parents to teach their children that they can take action in an emergency situation and potentially save the life of their brother, sister or friend. With the proper education, kids can be lifesavers, too.”
If a child loses consciousness or is found unresponsive, follow these steps (designed for children age 8 and older) until help arrives:
Shake and Shout
Place your hands on the shoulders or arms of the unconscious child, shake him and yell his name loudly to see if he shows signs of consciousness. If the victim does not respond, proceed to the next step.
All children should know how to dial 911. If possible, children should call 911 from a landline so their location can be identified more easily. If no landline is available, children should use a cell phone to call 911, alert a passer-by or send a friend for help.
If the unconscious victim is younger than 8 years old, the attending child should press firmly with the heel of one hand in the center of the chest repeatedly until help arrives. The attending child should position her body over the victim and keep her arm straight to leverage her body weight into the compressions.
If the victim is 8 or older, two hands with interlocked fingers should be used to perform chest compressions. Again, the attending child should position his body over the victim, keep his arms straight and press firmly in the center of the chest repeatedly until help arrives.
For more information, go to www.onebeatcpr.com.
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