Both new and expecting parents have a lot to be excited about. After all, there are so many things that need to be made ready for the newborn. Not to mention all the excitement that goes into baby announcements with family and friends, as well as the seemingly never-ending medical checkups during the pregnancy. Amidst all this, there is something that all parents need to remember: babies bring with them a whole new set of responsibilities.
It is a well-established fact that infants are among the most vulnerable creatures. We are also living in a world that is increasingly becoming unpredictable. There is no telling what can happen the next moment. You and your newborn may face dangerous situations unexpectedly. That is why all parents must be ready to ensure their child's safety and well-being. This can best be done by taking a number of First Aid and CPR Courses that focus specifically on infant emergencies.
Common Infant Emergencies
Infant emergencies can develop when you least expect them to. It is of utmost importance to always be ready. They can be caused by common household accidents or be caused by the sunset of medical conditions. For instance, choking, suffocation and poisoning are the most common infant emergencies. This is because infants have the tendency to put foreign objects into their mouths. This can either cause blockages in their airways or it can result in them being poisoned if they were to ingest dangerous substances. There is also the dreaded SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) that new parents need to be on the lookout for.
Dealing with Infant Emergencies
The first thing you should do when you are faced with emergency situations with your infant is to remain calm. You will be of no help to your child if you go into a state of panic. Make sure that you call emergency services immediately and tell them about the nature of the emergency.
However, in extreme cases where you notice that the child has stopped breathing and that the child's heart has also stopped beating, then you may have to administer the infant CPR procedure yourself. Your quick response will determine if your child is able to survive this ordeal or not, so it is best that you act as swiftly as possible.
For obvious reasons, the procedure for infant CPR is a bit different from the conventional way of doing the procedure with adults. Instead of using both hands to execute the chest compressions, you need to make use of two fingers to pump the infant's sternum. As one may notice, the procedure still follows the same basic principles. It still works by facilitating the child's breathing and the flow of oxygenated blood to the child's brain.
There are a number of classes teaching infant CPR and other basic first aid techniques to new parents. These classes make use of life-size models in order to demonstrate the infant emergencies in an accurate manner. The techniques that parents can learn from these classes will certainly go a long way in helping them protect their newborn in any type of emergency.
Jasmeet K Aulakh