We often hear stories about adults helping to save someone’s life by performing CPR. But what we don’t often hear about is how kids can also effectively use CPR training to help save a life. And it’s already happening all across the country. News reports featuring young children saving the lives of adults and other kids, offer-inspiring examples of just how important CPR training can be for young people. What’s more, recent studies have shown that children as young as 9 years old can learn and retain the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Schools across the country are increasingly offering students the opportunity to receive CPR training so that they can be prepared in the event of an emergency. Some school districts are even beginning to require CPR training for students. Whether they’re playing outdoors with their friends, at home with siblings or with an adult, a life-threatening event can happen without warning and the more kids are prepared to respond appropriately, the more lives can be saved.
Take for instance the story of 15-year-old Matteson who saved the life of her drowning sister in Minnesota by pulling her out of the pool and performing CPR, which she had learned in health class. Or there was a St. Louis high school student who recently performed CPR to save the life of an 11-month old baby that had stopped breathing in a Wal-Mart. And in Marietta, Georgia, two young boys, ages 9 and 10, who helped guide a mother through performing CPR to save the life of her 12 week old baby who had stopped breathing.
An emergency can happen at anytime and seconds can mean the difference between life and death. These stories, and many more like them, show just how important CPR training for kids can be by enabling them to respond quickly in those critical seconds and help save a life. Preparing your kids with CPR training and other life saving-skills will give them the confidence and maturity to know that they can help others.