Research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of St John Ambulance of 2000 parents with 0-16 years olds in the UK, December 2015 showed that only one in four parents would know what to do if the worst happens. Honestly, if truth be told I’m not one of those parents who would know what to do.
New research by the charity shows:
- An unconscious and not breathing child is the most frightening scenario for three out of four parents (74%)
- Yet only one in four parents (26%) would know how to correctly administer baby CPR
- Most parents who know first aid (62%) learnt it through a workplace first aid course yet baby CPR is different to adult CPR (for instance, you need to cover the baby’s nose and mouth when doing puffs, and you use two fingers to give pumps to the chest).
- Only one in four (26%) parents have learnt first aid specifically for babies
With this in mind, St Johns Ambulance have teamed up with Nursery Rhymes Inc to educate parents in some baby CPR which will undoubtedly save a life.
The campaign features everyone’s favourite nursery rhyme characters who’ve come together to create a memorable rhyme to explain the technique. Incy Wincy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, Jack & Jill, and the Cat & the Fiddle will be appearing in a TV ad struggling to write the rhyme though they have more luck in the longer online version, which promises to make baby CPR truly unforgettable in just two minutes with a catchy song.
The video below explains what to do but what you need to do is:
- Call 999 (or your equivalent of emergenacy services)
If you’re on your own, you need to give one minute’s worth of CPR before you call for help, taking your baby with you.
- 5 Puffs
Put your lips around their mouth and nose and blow steadily for up to one second. Give 5 puff sin total.
- 30 Pumps
Using two fingers in the centre of the chest, give 30 pumps at a rate of 100-120 per minute.
But 2 puffs and 30 pumps until help arrives
Nursery Rhymes Inc. follows on from last year’s award winning The Chokeables, which taught parents how to help a choking baby and is credited with saving the lives of 46 children since its launch. The video, which has had over 10 million views online, forms part of the charity’s vision that everyone should know first aid. And if that wasn’t enough, The Chokeables featured the voices of some top celebrities – Johnny Vegas, David Walliams, David Mitchell and Sir John Hurt.
Sue Killen, CEO at St John Ambulance, said:
The Chokeables was a real step forward for us and the response was amazing. We’ve listened to parents and we know that they want to learn first aid skills in a way that’s easy and memorable. That’s what inspired us to create Nuresery Rhymes Inc. We know that a major barrier to parents learning is that baby CPR frightens them, so we’ve removed the fear factor and made it reassuring and as easy as possible to learn. We hope the song will stick in everyone’s heads!
The people over at St Johns Ambulance are currently offering a baby CPR course for £30 for parents, carers and parent-to-be. To find your nearest course and more information about the campaign check out their website here.
I hope to god I will never have to use baby CPR but I definitely think it’s an essential and if I’m honest, this is the sort of thing that should be taught in ante-natal classes!
(This was a collaborative post with St John’s Ambulance)