It is important to teach children the basic techniques of CPR, so they can help someone in case of an emergency. Children are eager to acquire new knowledge and are receptive to learning the skills they need to provide first-aid assistance to others, even save a life.
How old (how young)?
The one question that always pops up is: “Is there an age limit on who can take a CPR class?”. The short answer is no. However, there are several considerations to take into account when teaching children CPR. Very young kids are not physically strong enough to compress an adult chest adequately but they can certainly understand something is very wrong and can call 911 for help. Around 9 or 10 years of age, kids have the physical strength to accomplish a good chest compressions.
Preparing Kids for an Emergency
Emergencies do happen!
Print this coloring page phoneKids can color it and mount it on a piece of cardboard to make their own “phone”.
You can use this tool at home to practice how to use a phone in case of an emergency. They learn how to dial 9-1-1 into the phone when the need arises. Every kid should practice this once they are able.
Once kids know how to dial 911, it is a good idea to have a little drill every once in awhile. Hand them the fake phone and tell them there is an emergency and they need to call for help when they aren’t expecting it.
What are some of your tips for teaching kids CPR? Share with me and others in the comments area.
These tips will help us be better instructors when teaching our younger learners. Kids have a natural sense of fairness and willingness to help those in need. Showing them that they are not “too young” to save someone’s life will expand their view of their role in the community.