Thursday, August 26, 2010

Give A Drowning Infant Or Toddler Cpr | LIVESTRONG.COM

Give A Drowning Infant Or Toddler Cpr | LIVESTRONG.COM


A child's head is typically the heaviest part of his body, and he can easily tip over and have difficulty standing up. This is just one reason why infants and toddlers are prone to drowning in shallow water. The seconds and minutes following the moment a child is found unconscious are crucial in saving his life. CPR, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, is a useful skill in this situation; however, it is recommended that you learn CPR and gain certification from professional.

Single Person CPR

Step 1

Instruct someone to call 911 ONLY if others are around. Do NOT leave the child or infant alone to call 911 yourself. If you are alone, begin CPR.

Step 2

Remove the child from the water and place him on flat on the ground in a supine position, i.e. face-up.

Step 3

Check the child/infant's level of consciousness. Touch the bottom of his feet, tap the child/infant's shoulder, call out his name. Check for a response---a sound, moan, flinch when you touch him. Do not shake the child.

Step 4

Tilt the child's head back slightly to open the airway. Place your ear and cheek over the child's face to check for breathing. Note if you feel the child/infant's breath on your cheek. Watch to see if his chest is rising and falling. Do not check for longer than 10 seconds.

Step 5

Deliver two rescue breaths by placing your mouth over the child's mouth and squeezing the nose shut. On an infant, perform two rescue breaths by placing your mouth over the mouth and nose. Watch to make sure his chest rises with each breath you blow in, indicating the breaths have entered the lungs.

Step 6

Check for a pulse rate for 5 to 10 at the carotid artery in the neck. In an infant, check the brachial artery, found on the inside of the upper arm. If there is a pulse, resume rescue breathing. If there is no pulse or if the pulse is weak, begin chest compressions.

Step 7

Perform two-hand chest compressions on children age 1 to puberty. You may perform one-hand compressions on smaller children. On infants, use two fingers between the nipples. Perform 30 chest compressions.

Step 8

Repeat the cycle of two rescue breaths to 30 compressions five times. Once you have completed that cycle, contact 911.

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Young girl to receive Red Cross rescuer award for saving two-year-old - Local - News - The Journal Pioneer

Young girl to receive Red Cross rescuer award for saving two-year-old - Local - News - The Journal Pioneer

Young girl to receive Red Cross rescuer award for saving two-year-old

Keana Jeffery, seven, enjoys a visit with her two year-old cousin Bria Doucet. Keana rescued Bria from the family pool.Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer

Keana Jeffery, seven, enjoys a visit with her two year-old cousin Bria Doucet. Keana rescued Bria from the family pool.

Published on August 24th, 2010
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Red Cross , Rodd Mill River Resort ,Atlantic Canada , P.E.I. , Tignish

A seven-year-old Christopher Cross girl will receive a rescuer award from the Canadian Red Cross after she helped save a toddler from drowning August 15.

On August 15, a gathering of family and friends was drawing to a close at a home in the community of Christopher Cross, when seven-year-old Keana Jeffery discovered that a two-year-old toddler had slipped unnoticed into a large inflatable pool and was struggling in water deep enough to cover her head.

Keana immediately climbed a ladder, and grabbed two-year-old Bria Doucet, keeping her head above water until adults arrived moments later and got her out.

The toddler was frightened but uninjured.

However where it takes only seconds for a toddler to drown, the Canadian Red Cross agrees the incident could have ended tragically had Keana not acted when she did, said Janice Babineau, communications co-ordinator, Canadian Red Cross / Atlantic Canada

The Red Cross will present Keana with its Rescuer Award, which in the case of children recognizes those who – without first aid or other training – intervene to save a life, prevent further injury or comfort the injured.

Keana will also be offered free participation next summer in Canadian Red Cross water safety day camps held every year for Island children in several communities throughout PEI including in Tignish, near her home.

The Rescuer Award will be presented in a brief gathering at Rodd Mill River resort, which is an authorized training partner of the Canadian Red Cross in swimming and water safety programs.

The presentation is set for Thursday Aug. 26 at 1:30 P.M. at Rodd Mill River Resort pool facility in Woodstock, West Prince.

The Red Cross said it’s been a disturbing year for drownings and other water-related fatalities, with over 200 such deaths so far across Canada in 2010 including at least 33 in the Atlantic Provinces.

Unlike other parts of the country, the Atlantic region has at least been spared the agony of a toddler drowning in a backyard pool, but it could easily have happened recently in rural P.E.I. were it not for the alertness and quick action of a young girl, said Babineau.

Monday, August 16, 2010

How do you say "I'm drowning" in sign language? Ask a baby - 2010-Aug-15 - CultureMap Houston

How do you say "I'm drowning" in sign language? Ask a baby - 2010-Aug-15 - CultureMap Houston

How do you say "I'm drowning" in sign language? Ask a baby

August 15th, 2010 at 7:57 AM

It's no secret that not every one of us is a Michael Phelps. But when six teenagers drowned while slipping from a wading area into the deep water of a Louisiana river earlier this month, it brought to the fore the issue of just how many Americans are not as swimming savvy as they should be.

According to a 2008 study conducted by researchers at the University of Memphis, almost 54 percent of children between 12 and 18 can barely survive the kiddie pool.

Demographics play a startlingly large role in the stats: African-American children between 5 and 14 years old are more than three times as likely to drown as their white friends. Income also plays a significant role — sixty-seven percent of poor swimmers have a household income less than $49,999.

And it looks like the better-off are sending their toddlers to swimming lessons at earlier ages, even before they have fully mastered talking. So how is it that these tots are lapping older children without being able to even mutter a taunt?

The answer is sign language. Yes, the language of the deaf has beenappropriated by over-involved parents to empower their babies with preemptive communication.

The logic behind teaching toddlers how to sign is that they typically have motor control of their hands and fingers months sooner than their mouths. More parents are now teaching a short vocabulary of American Sign Language, pricey classes are spreading and members-only how-to sites are booming. A baby who signs is the latest status symbol in parenting — consider it the toddler equivalent of sending your teen to study at theSorbonne. Just ask any of the proud parents enrolled in "Words by the Handful" at The Motherhood Center in Montrose.

At River Oaks' Saint Street Swim, not only is it trendy to send a merely months-old tot to swimming lessons — it's also now common to spot a swim instructor baffled by a baby rapidly tossing out signs.

"This baby will be signing at me, and I have no idea if it's saying that it's hungry, wants its mommy or can't handle the backstroke," says Mark Szmania, a Saint Street instructor. "I'm left totally out of the loop."

Hopefully high class swim tutors will catch up before the elite's first-born hit the bottom of the pool, too. Perhaps the only fix for America's swim-savvy deficiency is the arrival of Wii Swim.

Monday, August 2, 2010

CTV Toronto - Toddler drowns in backyard pool near Windsor - CTV News

CTV Toronto - Toddler drowns in backyard pool near Windsor - CTV News: "A two-year-old boy drowned in a backyard pool near Windsor on Friday evening, the latest in a rash of drownings this summer.

The toddler had no vital signs when his father pulled him from the water around 7 p.m. The boy, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead in hospital later that night.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.

This marks the 76th fatal drowning in Ontario so far this year. Seven were toddlers who drowned in backyard pools. Last year, there were 64 drownings across the province.

The incident occurred in Amherstburg, about 30 kilometres south of Windsor."

Toddler Drowns In Pitt County Pool

Toddler Drowns In Pitt County Pool: "Authorities in Pitt County say a two year old toddler drowned in a swimming pool Thursday morning.

It happened at a home on Weyerhaeuser Road outside of Grifton.

Sheriff Mac Manning says they are trying the determine exactly what happened, although he says there's no formal investigation at this time into the toddler's death."

Boy, 2, drowns in Ontario backyard pool

Boy, 2, drowns in Ontario backyard pool: "AMHERSTBURG, Ont. — A tragic spate of child drownings this summer has grown with the death of a two-year-old boy who was pulled from a backyard pool in this Ontario community Friday evening.

Police, firefighters and an ambulance rushed to a home in the Crown Ridge subdivision of Amherstburg, outside Windsor, around 7 p.m. local time, responding to a report that a young child might be drowning.

When they arrived, the boy’s father had pulled him out of the water. The child had no vital signs. He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not released the child’s name. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy was scheduled for Saturday.

The boy is at least the seventh Ontario toddler to die in a backyard pool since mid-May, and follows the death of another two-year-old boy, who drowned at a private daycare in Ottawa on Wednesday."

Toddler Twins Drown: A Heartbreaking Water Safety Lesson | The Stir

Toddler Twins Drown: A Heartbreaking Water Safety Lesson | The Stir: "Parental supervision is your first and most important layer of defense, but studies show that supervision can and DOES fail. Parents who believe their children are safe because they 'always watch them' are often the most dangerous, because they refuse to implement the layers of protection that could safeguard their pool.

There are at least five layers of protection. You can read about them here:"