East Yorkshire parents urged to learn child CPR

Published: Thursday 21st January 2016 by KCFM

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Parents across Hull and the East Riding are being urged to learn how to perform first aid on their children.

The advice comes after it emerged that 311 child deaths in the UK last year could have been prevented had their parents known first aid.

Phil McCarthy, from St John Ambulance in Hull, said: “We are one of the worst European countries for first aid. Only one in 10 of our population knows first aid.

“If you go into countries such as France and Germany it’s anywhere between 80 and 85 per cent because it’s part of their curriculum.”

My McCarthy went on to explain what warning signs parents should look for and advice on how to give CPR to a baby.

He added: “If your baby’s quiet tickle their toes and see if there’s any signs of life. If your baby is very blue in colour there’s a sign they’re maybe not breathing.

“Do a check to see if you can see if they’re breathing. If you suspect that they’re not, go straight into those five initial breathes and start doing the chest compressions.

“You seal your mouth around the baby’s nose and mouth, you make sure their head is fully engaged.

“You’ve got them on a surface like a table, and you do five initial rescue breathes and then you get two fingers, put them in the centre of the chest and you press down 30 times, then after that it’s two breathes and you press down 30 times.”

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Published: Thursday 21st January 2016 by KCFM

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