Online CPR and First Aid Courses You Can Count On: Thrive Training Institute
I never thought I wouldn’t take a CPR and first aid course in person before starting solids with my son, but with Covid in person that wasn’t happening. I’m a big fan of the Baby-Led Easy Weaning Podcast and founder Katie Ferraro highly recommended the Thrive Training Institute Online Courses. And what a great recommendation it is!
Their lessons are broken down into short videos and followed by short “quizzes” to make sure you retain the information. Although I would always love to have a doll and an in-person expert to monitor me while I perform CPR and manage a choking situation, when it comes to online classes, I couldn’t think of a more efficient. Also, I love that I can come back to class whenever I need a refresher and I can also get my husband, parents, and all the caretakers to watch it.
“Studies have shown that early bystander-initiated resuscitation of a child can make a difference in the outcome of many frightening situations,” says pediatrician Dr. Jay Lovenheim, founder of Lovenheim Pediatrics in West Orange, NJ. “It’s a good idea for parents who are expecting a child to take a basic CPR course that covers both newborns and infants, but also toddlers and young children. Knowing about CPR can be especially important in situations where a young baby may stop breathing. I recommend that you familiarize yourself with what to do if your baby is choking at least when he starts consuming bites. Parents should review basic CPR and choking instructions every 6-12 months to keep them top of mind.
He goes on to point out that one thing he always stresses with parents is to try not to panic. “While this may be something easier said than done, a panicked parent does not think clearly and emergency situations are best handled in a calm and organized manner. One of the most common mistakes parents people commit when doing CPR is trying to do it on the wrong surface,” says Dr. Lovenheim. “It’s important to move the patient to a firm surface, like the floor, to make your chest compressions more Often a child appears to be choking on food, but if he is able to cry or talk, he is not choking and it is best to let him deal with the problem naturally.