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Infant Cpr Classes?

Has any one every went to a class to learn infant CPR. My daughter is just learning to eat table food and I get so nervous that I havent officially been taught and I just want to make sure I would know exactly the right thing to do if she were to choke. Any recommendations would be great.

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Thanks everyone for the great advice!! I signed up for a class at our local red cross for first aid and cpr for$57.00,and found out I will be reimbured from work..yay..thanks again, everyone

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I would totally recommend taking a class. I took an adult and child/infant class and I am so thankful that I did, I have not had to use it, however if I ever do that class may mean the life of my child or not. It's worth it.

B.

I think Everyone should take CPR classes infant and adult you never know when they will come in handy. I was an EMT for a while. When my oldest and step daughter were old enough to start babysitting I put them in a babysitters class where they learned CPR. Personally I feel it should be taught in middle school around 6 or 7th grade.

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I would totally recommend taking a class. I took an adult and child/infant class and I am so thankful that I did, I have not had to use it, however if I ever do that class may mean the life of my child or not. It's worth it.

B.

I took one last May at the YMCA. I think it was around $50 and lasted about 3-4 hours. It was very helpful. I think you could go to michigan.org under child/foster care and find state reccomended CPR/Firt Aid trainers in your area.

You can check with your City Fire Department on this. I have some information regarding infant CPR (I'm certified in CPR currently)... but it is Highly recommended to go thru the course to learn the compression technique/ pressure and counts as they have all changed.

In my massage class it was the City Fire Department that taught us...

my daughter was a premie and before we could take her home from the NICU we had to take infant CPR. it's not difficult and it's comforting to know in the back of your mind that you have that tool if you should ever need it.

Hi P. R;
I would check with the local chapter of the Red Cross first and if you don't get any feedback from them, check with the local hospital and if that doesn't work, ask your peditrician...one of those three will get you someone to give you correct information at the very least.
Hope this helps,
J. M in Michigan

I'd highly recommend an infant CPR class. I took one before my son was born at a local hospital. The cost was nominal, and the information was priceless. My class covered infant, child, and adult lifesaving techniques - which is good information for you to know for both of your girls safety. Check your area hospitals or the Red Cross.

The American Red Cross has wonderful classes all of the time. I have been cirtified and renewed many times over the years. It is well worth the little bit of time and money to take that class. knowledge and expierience will take a lot of that worry away. In the mean time, remember to not reach in after something because it could lodge it. You would pick her up, lay her over your arm and give strong pats on her back with her head facing a little down. I find also with my kids that if they are a little coughed up on water or liquid I streatch their arm strait up and that seems to help (that's unafficial, but it does seem to work - just for the liquids).

I think Everyone should take CPR classes infant and adult you never know when they will come in handy. I was an EMT for a while. When my oldest and step daughter were old enough to start babysitting I put them in a babysitters class where they learned CPR. Personally I feel it should be taught in middle school around 6 or 7th grade.

It's one of those things that you hope you never have to use, but it's good to know it, just in case. Contact your local hospital or Red Cross to find out about classes. It's better to know how and not have to use it then to need it and not know how.

You can take plain old CPR classes, and infant CPR will be included. What I learned has paid off. I resusitated my neice when she was choking. My child's babysitter resusitated another child successfully, too. One day, only about five hours, and if you never need to know it, it was only one day spent. And if you need it and don't know what to do you will never forgive yourself. I recommend regular CPR, because your child will grow.... child CPR will last only till about age 8, then you need to know adult CPR. Most local community colleges offer it, or check with the American Heart Association. Some hospitals offer it, too. Check with their community health coordinator. Good luck, L.

Take the class, children choke so easily. Be sure to cut their food in to small pices, definetly grapes. I took the cpr class and I have actually used it on each of my twin boys.
Stress to the children that they need to be sitting down when eating. My little boy was sitting on the arm of the couch eating peanuts and fell off onto the floor, the peanut was lodged in his throat. I did the hemlick on him several times before I was able to clear his airway. My other son was in the stroller eating small round candies, and he started to choke. I was in the middle of the store and after several attempts I was ready to holler for someone to call 911. I tried one more time and was able to clear his airway. This infant cpr is something everyone should know. You never know when you will be by a choking child. My Sisters boy was choking on the knot of a pretzel and she knelt down to pray, I grabbed him and did the himlick on him and he was fine. My kids were only given pretzel sticksafter that. Prayer is great but you need to be responsible for your kids.

Hi P.,

My husband and I took an infant CPR class at Crittenton Hospital before our first baby was born, and then again a few years later. You can call the hospital to find out when they have the classes scheduled. Good luck!

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L.

Beaumont hospital offers classes. You can get the schedule/fee info on their website.

St. John Hospital offers that class in its different locations. I took mine at the Oakland Hospital and the fee is $25 dlls. The phone number is: 1-888-757-5463.

I would highly reccomend a cpr class for both you and your husband. Both my husband and I are current with our cpr and first aid. We have not had to use them yet,but you just never know. My daughter is 13 months and eats all sorts or table food now. You can try looking into either contacting your local hospital or any red cross location to see when the classes are held. You may even try local schools and childcare centers to see if they would reccommend a class for you.
Good luck

Check out your local Red Cross

I'm not sure where you live, but there is a wonderful place called E.S.C.A.P.E and they are located around Kalamazoo. I work at a daycare and just had to renew my CPR/ 1st aid. They are really good and they make sure that you understand everything that they are talking about. They also go pretty quickly, compared to some of the other places that I have taken it and they talk about stuff that is relevant to children and not like industrial chemical spills. You can contact them through the Child Care Resources in Kalamazoo if you don't live too far away.

Oh yes get in touch with your local Red Cross office or call a local Ambulance service, they will get you enrolled in a class. I can not express the importance of knowing CPR not only for your Baby but your 5 year old as well. Not only will you have the skills to save your child but you'll also have confidence that you can handle the times the baby chokes alittle on formula, which happens and for the most part isnt life threatening but it will scare the you know what out of you. I am a Paramedic and know first hand Correctly performed CPR is most important immediatly.Knowing how to help a choking victim may prevent the full arrest. The American Heart Assoication says that Most infants/children go into full arrest because of a respeitory problem, Choking.... Choking is easiely corrected if trained and person remains calm. I dont want to scare you but I advocate everyone take a class, either for your family or some one elses.

Absolutely!!! I took the infant CPR when my firstborn was still in my tummy and brushed up with some training from a paramedic when pregnant with my second. I have actually had to use it, too! I am SO glad I got the training and knew to flip my baby over my forearm with his head lower than his feet and hit his back in upward thrusts. I feel completely confident that in another scarey situation, I will act calmly and competently. Go for it! If you can't afford the class, you can ask if your employer will host a CPR class - and just ask the instructor after class to cover infant CPR with you. Or, you can ask your local EMT's if they wouldn't mind showing you. It's not hard, but it should be learned.

The hospital where I delivered my baby (Hurley Medical Center in Flint) had pre-delivery classes which included 1 night where we covered infant CPR. You could try contacting a hospital in your area to see if they do the same:)

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