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First Aid

Are You Trained in First Aid?

Many expecting parents sign up for First Aid classes before their first born arrives so they will be prepared for that hot dog in the throat or a trip in the pool. As scary as those incidents sound, it is better to be skilled in rescuing than left wondering what to do. As children age, the skill set changes and certification should be renewed every two years.

I'm certainly out of practice on infants and could use a lesson on toddler CPR. Are you up to date on your training?


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NikkoBlues NikkoBlues 8 years
I work in law enforcement and am required to be CPR/AED certified. Check with your local Red Cross for their schedule of classes in First Aid and CPR. Find your local Red Cross here...
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
i was certified YEARS ago, but recently read an article about the song "staying alive ah ah ah ah stayin alllliiiiive" being the perfect beat to accompany the compressions and students who sang the song (fitting title and sentiment) were better at maintaining the right rhythm..... and they said doing ANYTHING is better than doing nothing or worrying about doing it wrong. (and i will now be singing that song for the rest of the day again)!
amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 8 years
I have to be fully CPR/first aid/AED certified for my job I am terrified of freezing in an emergency, I know that I could never let somebody potentially die if I didnt act.
jessie jessie 8 years
i was when i was babysitting other's children, but haven't gotten recertified
imcs imcs 8 years
you'd be surprised how the adrenaline charges you up and puts you to work when you least expect it. be confident you won't freeze up!!!
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I'm certified. But through the American Red Cross you have to be re-certified ever year, not every two. (at least my little certificate I have says it expires in 1 year - the first aid one is every 3 years) I'm going to do the class again either this month or next month. I got certified when I started babysitting. And I'm going to be a teacher so it'll be required. Like Greggie, though, I am still scared I'll freeze up if something were to happen.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Yes, I've been through it numerous times with daycare and having my own kids. I still worry I'll freeze in an emergency, though.
imcs imcs 8 years
if anyone is interested my mother is a certified to certify people on CPR and other life saving techniques, often required for people who deal with the public - but it's very important for parents to have to. She will go to your place of business, and if you're not in the area, she also works with an online program - you'd need to contact her to get more details. UNIVERSALSHA@YAHOO.COM I highly recommend all parents be CPR certified, if nothing else it brings you peace of mind to know you'll be able to help if your child or someone else were to need it. Carmen-Gloria Rodriguez Universal Safety & Health Accreditations :-)
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I took the infant CPR/choking class while pregnant, but can't really remember it well enough to do it in an emergency. My husband was just saying yesterday that I should brush up now that our son is crawling and starting to eat more food. I really need to do that!
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
as a school teacher it is a requirement...but as soon as my daughter was born I took a refresher course on infant CPR. I also require that anyone looking after my daughter be trained as well. it is very important stuff!
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