Babysitters should know CPR


Anybody who deals with children, whether a parent, teacher or babysitter, should have CPR training. The training not only teaches you proper technique, but also gives you the confidence to be able to perform it successfully, if necessary. Chances are slim that you will require the use of CPR, but it is always best to be prepared, especially when you’re a babysitter who is responsible for the children’s welfare while the parents are away.

1) Always be sure to have all emergency information at your fingertips. Have ways to contact the parents as well as other emergency contacts. Be aware of any medical conditions, allergies, etc. that the child may have. Also be sure to know how to handle any of those conditions or allergies. That information will be important to give to emergency responders.

2) As soon as you find yourself in an emergency situation with a young child, you must follow the three “C”s: check, call and care.

3) Check the situation. Be sure the area is safe for you to enter. For example, if a fire is involved, be sure you can safely reach the child without getting burned yourself. Are there any sharp objects in the way? Are there downed power lines? You will do no good to the injured child if you become injured yourself.

4) Check the child. Is he conscious or unconscious? If unconscious, is he breathing? If he appears unconscious, tap him on the shoulder or gently shake his shoulder and yell, “Are you OK?”

5) Call 911. Designate one individual to do so. Make eye contact with that person and point so that she knows it is her responsibility. If no one else is available, you must make that phone call yourself, ideally on a speakerphone. Do about five sets of CPR before you call. Give all of the emergency information as well as a description of the situation and your location.

6) Care for the child. Use a barrier and gloves, if available.

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