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VIDEO: Parents in Yorkshire urged to learn baby first aid

VIDEO: Parents in Yorkshire urged to learn baby first aid

Published at 7:00am 22nd January 2016. (Updated at 5:25pm 22nd January 2016)

Parents in Yorkshire are being urged to attend infant first aid classes, after research revealed that only a quarter would know what to do if their baby stopped breathing.

St John Ambulance will run three-hour baby first aid courses across the region from February to March as part of its annual campaign.

The charity has also released a video - Nursery Rhymes Inc - starring nursery rhyme characters, which demonstrates how to treat a child who is unconscious and not breathing.

Research also shows that this potential first aid emergency is considered the most frightening by 70% of mums and dads in the region.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for babies is different from adult CPR, in that only two fingers should be used to give pumps to the baby’s chest, and its nose and mouth must be covered by the rescuer’s mouth to give life-saving puffs.

Last year, St John Ambulance ran an award-winning campaign - The Chokeables - to teach parents how to save a child from choking, which led directly to the saving of 46 children.

Regional Director Simon Dunn said: "The Chokeables was a real step forward for us and the response was amazing.

"We've listened to parents and we know that they want to learn first aid skills in a way that's easy and memorable. That’s what inspired the creation of Nursery Rhymes Inc.

"We know that a major barrier to parents learning is that baby CPR frightens them, so we've removed the fear factor and made it reassuring and as easy as possible to learn.

"We hope the song will stick in everyone's heads! We're asking everyone to share the video so that all parents, grandparents and carers can learn what to do in those crucial minutes after a baby has stopped breathing."

Watch the Nursery Rhymes Inc video:


To book on a course, visit www.sja.org.uk/NurseryRhymesInc or call the regional headquarters on 01924 262726.