Let me start off by saying I hope you never have to use the information in this post. Before I lose you after you’ve read the first sentence, let me add that about 383,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting each year, so knowing CPR could be essential in saving someone’s life. And if the need ever does arise, it’s likely to be on someone you know: a child, spouse, parent, or friend, according to the American Heart Association.
As part of their campaign to encourage people to learn CPR this June for CPR Awareness Month, the AHA suggests you reacquaint yourself with the disco-era ditty Stayin’ Alive—it sets the perfect beat for saving someone who’s gone into cardiac arrest. The short instructions for performing CPR are call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest.For a more detailed how-to, check out Parents.com’s article here.
To help you remember the steps of CPR—and the song—the AHA has enlisted the help of The Hangover’s Ken Jeong and, of course, The Bee Gees, in this 2-minute video.
Proposed school-lunch rules trade fries for veggies
The new standards from the Agriculture Department requires schools to cut sodium in meals by more than half, use only whole grains and serve low fat milk. It also would limit kids to only one cup of starchy vegetables a week, so schools couldn’t offer french fries every day. If approved today this would be the first major overhaul of school lunches in fifteen years.
Facebook, AMBER Alert join forces to find missing children
Six weeks ago, Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent’s daughter was abducted by his ex wife’s boyfriend. Police issued an AMBER Alert in Virginia and posted the alert on the Virginia State Police Facebook fan page. 4,000 Virginia State Police Facebook fans were able to view pictures of the suspected car, the abductor, and the missing child. Five days later, on the other side of the country, a woman spotted the missing pair outside a store in San Francisco. A total of 53 new AMBER alert pages have been created, one for each state, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. Down Syndrome: Simple Blood Test around the Bend
A new screening technique may have the potential to reduce the number of invasive tests by about 98 percent. According to BBC, the new technique involves a blood test for the mother and an ultrasound for the baby. By combining these results doctors can estimate the chance that the baby may or may not have Down Syndrome. (more…)
I bet a lot of you moms out there grew up babysitting, and started at an age that today would be considered frighteningly young. I had my first paid job when I was 9—and it was the real deal, feeding a 5-year-old dinner, putting her to bed, and hanging out for hours afterward. I had three younger sisters and was a generally responsible kid, but still—THE DAY I would ever hire a 9-year-old to watch my 5-year-old daughter! It’s laughable to me now.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently came out with research on how well 11- to 13-year-old babysitters are able to handle emergencies. Virtually all of them—98%—know who to contact in the event of an intruder (anyone else scared for the kids in the care of the 2% who don’t?). Slightly fewer—96%—know who to call when a child is injured. Only 85% knew who to get in touch with when a child is poisoned.
The more worrisome stats were these: 40% of these sitters admitted to having left kids unattended, and 20% opened the door to strangers.
So all of this begs the question above: Would you hire an 11- to 13-year-old to babysit your child? Take our poll, and let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.