When it comes to newborn babies, I've heard many parents wondering about the manual! There is no such thing...but in order to be ready and prepared about the new member there are millions of information provided from people who know - doctors, grandmothers, friends and of course the internet!
This one is really necessary and not only parents should be aware of! This basic information only takes a minute to digest and is easy to remember. It’s vitally important for the health and safety of all infants and babies that people know about this and are aware of what to do.
All newborn babies and infants are extremely vulnerable to choking hazards. At the beginning stages of life everything is new to them and their tiny bodies are extremely fragile. It’s a never ending battle for parents and caretakers, who have to constantly be on the lookout for potential hazards, in order to keep them safe. In terms of size, a young child’s windpipe is comparable to the diameter of a drinking straw and their throats aren’t much wider.
Many parents, and people in general, have no clue what to do if and when a baby starts to choke. That’s scary considering that in one survey over 40% of parents reported that they had witnessed their own baby choke. This is what prompted St John Ambulance to make a public service advert in the form of an animated video. It both instructs and shows visually via animated characters exactly what to do if an infant child chokes or stops breathing. The following instructions were taken word for word from the advert, “If your baby is choking, lay them face down on your thigh. Then one gives up to five back blows. If that doesn’t work, turn them over and give them up to 5 chest thrusts….until the airway is clear. And if that still doesn’t work, call an ambulance.”
Remember that any knowledge someone may have is not enough or effective if we are not calm and cool...! Only this combination may save a life...panic has no place in such situation!
Sources: Sun Gazing, St John Ambulance
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