Over the weekend the OH signed us up to attend a baby first aid class at our local Sure Start Children’s Centre (City and Eaton). This was a free, government-funded course, that covered baby and toddler CPR techniques and dealing with choking (including drowning).
As you can imagine, I was not very happy giving up 2 hours of my precious weekend to sit in a classroom, when I could’ve been making the most of being able to get outside before the weather resembles the Russian tundra. I also felt the same nerves as when attending our first NCT class – the awkward small talk getting to know each other, working in groups (especially when practising mouth to mouth on dummies) and generally trying find someone on your wavelength from a group of people thrown together on the same piece of carpet. That being said, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
1) How many compression do you give a baby/toddler in between each 2 rescue breaths, after the initial 5, when starting the CPR process? The answer is 30. More than you thought? I was shocked as I assumed it was only 10!
2) When you start compression’s, at what rate should these take place? 100 – 120 times a minute. Yes, it’s some speed to keep up and tiring. Believe me.
3) When choking, in what position should the baby be for you to administer the 5 back blows safely and most effectively? It’s the ‘Tiger in a Tree’ hold, which some of you may be familiar with, baby on their front, legs & arms dangling each side of the arm, head tilted down but supported with your thumb and fingers. I would forgive you for thinking that in the adrenaline panic, hanging them upside down by the feet could do the trick. This is majorly frowned upon and does no good for your baby’s delicate neck.
If you struggled with any of the above questions, seriously ask yourself – Do I need to attend this course? Not for you specifically or the beautiful certificate you receive at the end, but for the safety of everyone around you AND the children you have in your care. Now I pray to whatever higher being that may be out there, I don’t have to put these newly learned skills into action. It’s a terrifying thought but I can confidently say I feel safer in the knowledge that I could potentially save a life; or at least help until trained medical personnel arrive. That’s got to be worth it, No?
Poking fun at the title of this blog? What’s he chatting about? You say. Where’s the relevance? Well, the title is a good mnemonic to remembering the method of placing an unconscious person into the recovery position:
- With the person lying on their back, kneel on the floor at their side.
- Place the arm nearest you at a right angle to their body with their hand upwards, towards the head. (HELLO)
- Tuck their other hand under the opposite side of their head, so that the back of their hand is touching their cheek. (CHEEKY)
- Bring the knee farthest from you up so their foot is flat on the ground. (FANCY A KNEES UP)
- Carefully roll the person onto their side by pulling on the bent knee.
- The top arm should be supporting the head and the bottom arm will stop you rolling them too far.
- Open their airway by gently tilting their head back and lifting their chin, and check that nothing is blocking their airway.
If you take nothing else from this blog post – that’s one easy thing to remember.