Emergencies can be stressful, and knowing what to do during an emergency can be potentially life-saving. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all parents and caregivers learn CPR, and while no one wants to think about having to perform CPR on a child, emergencies happen and we should all be prepared to act.

  1. Who should get CPR certified?
    • The AAP recommends that all caregivers learn CPR, this includes: parents, babysitters, childcare providers, teachers, coaches, and anyone else who cares for/spends time with your child
  2. Where can I learn CPR?
    • The American Heart Association (AHA) offers classes both in-person and online (with in-person testing for those wanting certification)
  3. What is a CPR class like?
    • During the class you will learn how to perform CPR on infants, children, and adults and practice skills on mannequins
    • You will learn how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED, that can be used during an emergency
    • You will learn how to help someone who is choking
    • The classes are easy to understand and require no previous experience
    • Training typically takes a few hours on one day

There are a variety of classes available depending on what you would like to learn. Please visit the AHA website to sign up! Note: everyone at Hilltop Preschool is certified in Basic Life Support which includes CPR, AED use, and First Aid for infants, children, and adults!

As always, if you have questions about CPR for caregivers, consult your pediatrician.

For more information and to sign up for a class, visit these helpful links:

https://cpr.heart.org/AHAECC/CPRAndECC/UCM_473161_CPR-and-ECC.jsp?_requestid=189148

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/First-Aid-Guide.aspx