The parents of a young Waiheke boy are urging other parents to attend an upcoming infant/child CPR course after their son had a seizure which caused him to stop breathing for a short time. His mother of the child gave him some breaths until he started breathing again and put him in the recovery position while calling the ambulance.
Kim Waller attended a free course run by the Jassy Dean Trust in August where parents learned the basics of infant and child first aid and CPR. Six weeks after the course, Kim’s 18 month old son Awa, suffered a seizure as a result of a temperature spike caused by a viral infection. 1 in 5 infants are prone to have these febrile seizures, which are in most cases harmless, but very frightening for parents watching it happen. Kim says “attending the course gave me the confidence and basic knowledge to handle an emergency situation.”
“The health and wellbeing of Waiheke children is vitally important to us as a group and equipping parents with the ability to perform CPR is one way we can act as the fence at the top of the cliff rather than the ambulance at the bottom” says Anna Lowe who is organising the course.
The upcoming course, taught by Darren Brickley, will run for two hours on Saturday 23rd November. Twenty spots on the course are available for parents with children under 5 years old. Entry is by koha and bookings are essential. Anna hopes that running the course on a weekend day will enable parents who work during the week to attend.
When: 10am, Saturday 23rd November 2013
Where: Waiheke Community Education Building, Donald Bruce Road
Who: Open to parents with children under 5 years old, koha appreciated
To book: Email Anna Lowe on email@example.com or phone 372 8173