There is an organisation in South of England who run courses on cpr and choking. www.babyresusciation.co.uk. I am going in a few weeks as we get nothing like that in this area. In fact when I asked my consulatant when I was pg about he a just shrugged and said call 999.....
I've just signed up to do a peadiatric first aid course at my local sure start centre, ites free of charge and they even provide the child care (its a two hour course). So if anyone is interested in doing a course it might be worth calling your local sure start centre and asking if they have anything planned.
I'm doing mine at the moment and it's fantastic! I also recommend going on the course.
I did a first aid course many years ago and I can't remember a thing about cpr for babies, but I do remember that with adults, if you could feel a pulse but no breathing you should only do rescue breaths and not chest compressions, if no breathing and no pulse then give rescue breaths and chest compressions.
Can someone please comfirm that this doesn't apply to babies, and that chest compressions should always be given? thanks
I did a first aid course at work while I was pregnant and the nice guy running it added in a part on babies for me, I'm glad I did it as last week Flynn choked, he could still breath a little as he was gasping but I managed to give him a couple of pats to the back and combined with flipping him out of te highchair and across my knee managed to dislodge the food, luckily it wasn't really serious choking and didn't need the hospital it was mostly just a warning I think and gave me a kick up the arse, it could have been a lot worse and I was proud of myself that I didn't panic and just did what I was taught.
Like I said it wasn't a majorly serious incident, chances are he would have coughed it up himself but I proved to myself how important it was to do the first aid course and how important it is to supervise babies when they are eating.
An autistic lady I used to support died recently from choking, she was with two carers who were both first aid trained but there was nothing they could do as they both panicked.
Most important is to stay calm, you can break down in hysterics after everyone is safe.
Does anyone know how i can go about getting on a course in the uk ??
Last month my baby stopped breathing, she had a bad chest infection and chocked on her own mucas it went back into her lungs and I couldn't revive her for what seemed like a lifetime to me, paramedics were at my house within a few minutes, but I re-live that moment and it has me in tears I cannot think about it.
I just wish I knew then how to deal with it then. All I knew to do was flip her up-side-down and bash her back.
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