I planned on writing a post this week about must have gadgets for the tech generation. If you’re pregnant chances are you are tracking your pregnancy online or maybe even using an app on your smart phone. I was going to tell you about how there is an app that can make a pair of iPhones or an iPhone and an iPad in to a video baby monitor!
There are apps for everything and baby stuff is not exempt. With all the things your smartphone can do it is easy to forget that they make phone calls. When I picked up the phone and dialed 911 the other morning it didn’t matter to me that my phone could probably build a spaceship. I knew I needed help. And in less than thirty seconds help was on its way.
I turned my back for less than ten seconds. My eight month old was cruising along the furniture one moment and the next she was sitting on the floor in the living room her eyes wide open. In a past life I was a lifeguard. The first thing you learn is that a drowning person doesn’t look like it does in the movies. Often it is quiet, there is no wild flailing of arms, no signs of struggle. She was not grabbing at her throat to indicate to me that she was choking. But I knew the signs.
She was silent. Her eyes wide. He face was getting redder. I put my face down next to hers and there was no sound. She wasn’t breathing.
A. B. C. Airway. Breathing. Circulation. Immediately I remembered what I had learned in an Infant CPR class. I checked her airway, leaning her little body back onto the carpet and tipping her head back. As soon as I noted that she was definitely not breathing I picked up my phone and called 911.
There is a risk of permanent damage to the brain after four or five minutes without oxygen. I learned that in a CPR class. So I picked up the phone and I called for help.
I was lucky. While on the phone with the emergency dispatcher my infant coughed up what turned out to be mucous. But I was prepared to begin breathing for her. Because I have taken an Infant CPR class. I recognized the signs of an infant in distress. I know the difference between an infant gagging and an infant choking and without air because I took an Infant CPR class.
“You did the right thing. Call us back if you need us,” said the dispatcher.
It seems irresponsible to use this space to tell you about a handy iPhone app or how to count your baby’s wet diapers on your Android phone. This week I feel like I should take advantage of a chance to remind you to sign up for an Infant CPR class. I hope you never need it.
Have you taken an Infant CPR class? Have you ever need it or have you called 911?