It is one of those things you hope you will never have to use, but as a natural born worrier I find myself reading up on every medical eventuality and making sure I know what the signs of meningitis are or what to do if your baby chokes or stops breathing. Forewarned is forearmed, and I for one am so grateful to organisations like the St Johns Ambulance who are working tirelessly to create these catchy and light hearted videos that carry a really important message. Please take a minute to watch and learn, as you never know when you might need to utilise these lessons.
The characters of Nursery Rhymes Inc. explain the steps to saving a baby who’s unconscious and not breathing.
1. Call 999/112 for an ambulance If you’re on your own, you need to give one minute’s worth of CPR before you can call for help, taking your baby with you.
2. 5 puffs Put your lips around their mouth and nose and blow steadily for up to one second. Give five puffs in total.
3. 30 pumps Using two fingers in the centre of the chest, give 30 pumps at a rate of 100-120 per minute
4. Repeat, but with 2 puffs and 30 pumps until help arrives
For a slightly more serious and incredibly informative video, and links to further information on all forms of first aid, check out this page.
In celebration of this campaign, St John Ambulance is putting on special baby first aid courses for parents, carers, and parents-to-be for just £25 + VAT. To find your nearest course, or watch more first aid videos and advice, go to www.sja.org.uk/NurseryRhymesInc