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Drowning is the number one cause of injury based cause of death in children from ages 1-4. It doesn’t take a deep pool for a child to drown it can happen in as little as 5cm of water. For those parents who want to teach their children to swim at a young age here are some first aid training tips to make sure you know what to do if something goes wrong!
For children 1 and older: hold the child’s nose together and seal your mouth over theirs and give two slow (1 1/2 to 2 seconds each) wait for movement in chest before second set of breath.
For children 1 and older: use the heel of your hand (use both hands for an adult or teenager) and start applying five fast compressions in the centre of the breast bone just above the conjoining of the ribs. After the 5 compressions, once again pinch the child’s nose and place mouth over theirs and administer one full breath.
For all ages: keep on the cycle of five chest compressions then give a breath for 1 minute. Once you’ve done that check pulse and repeat the cycle till help arrives or you find a pulse!
The child has to stay warm no matter what so use a sweater or any piece of clothing to keep them warm till help arrives. If you are able to revive them, you should still take them to the hospital as it is important all near-drowning victims seek emergency attention.
Don’t leave your child unattended near any body of water no mater its a big puddle or a diving pool. For more first aid training and first aid courses.