What would you do if your child stopped breathing?
One scary question and one that takes me back to that one morning I found Little Miss pale and floppy in bed (the night after her first big fever). Luckily she was breathing when I found her but something wasn't right. After some scary minutes on the phone with paramedics, she vomited and regained colour. My husband who is CPR trained was there but I don't know what I would have done if I had been alone and she had stopped breathing!
Brionhy Westbrook wasn't so lucky and had a terrifying experience when her 5 month old daughter, Poppy, suddenly became pale, floppy and unconscious in her arms. Fortunately, Brionhy was an experienced nurse but it left her thinking "What would another parent do?" As a result, Brionhy founded KidzAid Paediatric First Aid Training to help parents and carers with comprehensive courses all over Australia.
For every minute that CPR is not performed when needed, the chance of a child’s survival decreases by 10%. After 4 minutes without oxygen, a child can suffer irreversible brain damage. What happens in the first five minutes holds the key to saving their life. An ambulance cannot always arrive within this short time so it's important for everyone to be able to provide CPR while waiting for help to arrive.
This Good Friday 3rd April, KidzAid are holding a CPR Challenge in Crown's Palladium in Southbank from 10am to 4pm to help parents, family members and friends be CPR trained! Nurses, paramedics and medical practitioners will all volunteer their time to teach Melbourne families the life saving skills of paediatric CPR and set a world record! The event will also host family fun day activities, such as celebrity CPR challenges, jumping castles, roving, princesses & superheroes, toddler playzone, indoor playground, gaming zone and a discount pop up shop!
Entry to this event is FREE with a $5 registration fee for participants 10+ years to complete the CPR training. A $15 Family pass can be purchased, this will cover all family members 10+yrs, including grandparents, aunts & uncles. Training sessions will run hourly throughout the day however to secure your spot, book here! All proceeds to this event will go to the Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children's Hospital. More info go to http://www.cprchallenge.com.au. Little Miss and I will be there so JOIN US!!
Note: Extensive parking is available at Crown. Best rates are available at the multi-level car park, entry via Clarke Street, Haig Street or Kingsway (North bound). CPR Registration and gold coin donations CASH ONLY. The pop up shop will have EFTPOS facilities. Crown has a number of ATMs available around the complex.
To WIN a $15 family pass, tell us what is your favourite Easter treat? (in comments below). Entries close next Monday 30th March 2015 at 5pm AEST.