Do you know how to administer CPR in case of an emergency? I have to be honest and admit that I do know all about CPR and how to do it in theory. I learned this early in life when I was in the Girl Scouts. However, I would have to say that I am not quite sure that I could administer CPR if I had to do it.
But have you ever thought about teaching your child how to administer this life saving technique? Indeed, perhaps not many parents have thought about this. According to a research conducted by some Austrian researchers, children as young as 9 years old can learn how to administer CPR.
The researchers that conducted this study focused on 147 children. The children were trained for 6 hours on life support techniques. Four months later, a follow up session was held, wherein the children were tested on the techniques they learned and 86 percent of them were able to do CPR correctly!
Naturally, the strength of the children may pose some limitations, especially in regard to the depth of the compression and the ventilation volumes. However, the fact remains that children do retain the necessary skills to do CPR.
What does this mean for us? While we normally would want to shield our children from the negative things in this world, it simply makes practical sense to have them trained in CPR. After all, you never know when this skill may come in handy.