Statistics from the Royal Life Saving Society have revealed that four out of five people wouldn’t know what to do if a baby in their care was drowning and stopped breathing.
As a result, RLSS UK, the national drowning prevention and water safety charity, is launching a new campaign entitled Save A Baby’s Life aimed at giving parents and others carers the confidence to put emergency life saving skills into practice.
Basic life saving skills
Local leisure centres and community groups across the country will be hosting Save a Baby’s Life workshops where trained instructors will cover basic life saving techniques and provide advice on what to do when a baby stops breathing, or how best to deal with a choking or drowning situation. Using a life-like baby manikin, people will learn how to perform basic CPR and first aid as they would in a real life situation.
Mike Dunn, RLSS UK’s Lifesaving Programmes Manager, said: “This programme is designed to equip members of the community with the vital skills they would need in order to attempt to save a baby’s life if they stopped breathing.
"The hands-on style of learning we encourage through the workshops means it doesn’t take long to understand the basics, but they are invaluable skills that will stay with people for life.
"Our aim is to ensure that parents and others who care for babies feel confident and calm to deal with an emergency situation safely and if one baby’s life is saved as a result of the Save a Baby’s life workshop, it has been a success.”
Community Life Support
The campaign is part of the charity’s Community Outreach Programme, which also offers a Community Life Support course targeted at equipping people with the same skills but with techniques used for saving children and adults’ lives. Everyone who takes part in one of the RLSS UK’s Community Outreach courses will receive a CPR and choking guide to remind them of the skills they have learned.
Di Standley, Chief Executive at the RLSS UK, added: “We hope that the Save a Baby’s Life campaign will raise awareness for the need of basic first aid training for parents across the UK, to prevent accidents becoming fatalities.”
For more information visit www.rlss.org.uk