So you know how b''H* I had three babies in the space of three years? And how it is pretty much implied that when I took each of them home with me from the hospital I was now responsible for keeping them alive? And un-maimed?
And you know how I had absolutely no idea what I would do if I found one of them choking, or not breathing, or without a pulse (chas v'shalom)?
Um, yeah. I'm not proud that I didn't know how to give my children CPR, mouth-to-mouth, or First Aid properly until last night.
According to the CDC:
- Injury is the leading cause of death in children and young adults. According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were approximately 2,800 children, ages one to 14 years, that died from an unintentional injury .
- Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury for children. Children ages 14 and under account for one-third of all fall-related visits to hospital emergency rooms.
- unintentional injury-related death among children ages one to 14. The majority of drownings and near-drownings occur in residential swimming pools and in open water sites. However, children can drown in as little as one inch of water.
- Airway obstruction injury is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among infants under age one.
- Approximately 45 percent of unintentional injury deaths occurred in and around the home. Unintentional home injury deaths to children are caused primarily by fire and burns, suffocation, drowning, firearms, falls, choking and poisoning.
*Baruch HaShem = "Thank God"
** Chas V'Shalom = "God forbid."