Year One – Post 1 | Safety First
He isn’t breathing! Is he choking? He’s turning blue. HELP! Call 911. And what do you do in the meantime? Well, screaming and crying won’t help anyone. Trust me on that one. As moms, we research what car seat, crib, high chair and toys are safe, and we even baby-proof the outlets throughout the house to protect our children. But if you come upon your baby and something is wrong, will you know what to do?
I recommend calling the American Red Cross and taking a class in CPR and first aid before you even deliver your precious bundle of joy. It is an insurance policy that hopefully you will never have to use. I am certified and I have renewed my certification over the years. In fact, I have saved two lives as a result of knowing CPR – an adult and a child. The adult went into cardiac arrest and the baby stopped breathing (possible SIDS). On both occasions, over 20 people stood around me, not knowing what to do or how to help. Appalachian State University now requires all speech-language pathologists to be certified in CPR. The course is one day, and I would recommend taking the first aid class also. If one person reads this and follows my advice, I have done my job. Have a great day…and hug and kiss your baby for me.
– Kathryn Thorson Gruhn, MA CCC-SLP author of My Baby Compass