Emergency officials say that the sooner you can get your child CPR certified, the better.Mother of two, Mica Godwin knows the importance of her kids knowing how to save themselves and each other.Godwin says, "If they're ever in a situation where they are home alone and one of them does choke on something or a friend chokes on something, that they know what to do."That's why she wants to prevent the problem before it starts."Things like not chewing up all their food, talking and playing with food in their mouth, running suckers," says Godwin.He says once your child knows CPR and is faced with an emergency, the first step should be call 911 and request help."We don't want to delay the delivery or quality of needing care that might be delayed in the event someone failed to call 911," said Vazques.He says the next step is for them to find out whether or not the person has a pulse."That's done at the wrist, you need to asset for about 10 seconds or greater and we determine whether or not the person is breathing."And if the person is not breathing, he says the children should start CPR which he says is not mouth to mouth, but using cardiac compressions."At least 100 compressions per minute, that's done with the palm of the hand, placed over the sternum and then two hands pressed down."
Vasquez adds that they should also monitor the person's health until paramedics arrive.