It’s a fear a lot of moms keep tucked away, in the dark recesses so we don’t have to think about it. But it’s worth asking, would you know what to do in an emergency? Would you be able to stop your child from choking?
As a teenager, I took CPR and First Aid every year, but it has been several years since I had any sort of refresher. When my friend, a neighbor, asked if I wanted to go to a class she was holding at her house, I hemmed and hawed. I was tired, I had a long day. The same complaints every mom would share.
But then I did a little research.
The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates one child in the United States dies every five days from choking on food. In fact, they go even further and rate choking as the leading cause of death among children 14 and younger.
Who is at the greatest risk? Children 4 and younger, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Why? Molars aren’t always well developed in children that age, so kidscan bite off a piece of food, but have a tough time chewing it well enough to swallow.
There was no question. What could possibly be more important than learning how to help my child? I had to go… and I’m so glad I did. I got a little emotional working on a medical mannaquin that looked so much like a baby, but it was all for the cause.
We had a great time, practiced some really important skills, and hope against all hope that we will never, ever have to use what we learned.
It costs$45 per person and you need to have at least six people. If you’re interested in setting up your own friends and family CPR and First Aid class, be sure to click on the link.