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Nursery rhyme teaches public how to perform CPR on babies

Article By: Angeline Albert, News Editor

For a parent whose baby has stopped breathing, a new nursery rhyme featuring Humpty Dumpty has been created to teach them what to do to save their child’s life.

Nursery characters Incy Wincy Spider and Humpty Dumpty do their bit to teach public baby CPR

Old nursery characters Incy Wincy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, and the Cat and the Fiddle have joined forces, in a video created by St John’s Ambulance, to think up a new nursery rhyme that explains what emergency steps can save a baby’s life.

An unconscious and not breathing child is the most frightening scenario for three out of four parents but only a quarter of mums and dads would know how to administer baby CPR, according to research by St John Ambulance in December 2015 of 2,000 UK parents.

While most parents that know first aid (62 per cent) learnt it through a workplace first aid course, baby CPR is different to adult CPR with, for instance, a need to use two fingers to give pumps to the chest.

Sue Killen, CEO at St John Ambulance, said: “We know that a major barrier to parents learning is that baby CPR frightens them, so we’ve removed the fear factor and made it reassuring and as easy as possible to learn. We hope the song will stick in everyone’s heads.

"We’re asking everyone to share the video so that all parents, grandparents, and carers can learn what to do in those crucial minutes after a baby has stopped breathing.”

The nursery rhyme video clip will appear on TV from today during the television soap Coronation Street, with the extended version online on St John Ambulance’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as part of the ambulance service’s Nursery Rhymes Inc campaign.

Nursery Rhymes Inc. follows on from last year’s ‘The Chokeables’, which taught parents how to help a choking baby and is credited with saving the lives of 46 children since its launch.

Sue Killen added: “The Chokeables was a real step forward for us and the response was amazing. We’ve listened to parents and we know that they want to learn first aid skills in a way that’s easy and memorable. That’s what inspired us to create Nursery Rhymes Inc."

To coincide with the launch of the campaign, St John’s is offering baby first aid courses for carers, parents and parents-to-be for £25 + VAT.


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