Parents urged to learn baby CPR

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Parents in South Yorkshire are being urged to attend infant first-aid classes - after new research revealed only a quarter would know what to do if their baby stopped breathing.

St John Ambulance is running three-hour baby first aid courses and a series of free demonstrations throughout the region in February and March, as part of the life-saving campaign.

The first aid charity has also released a video, starring nursery rhyme characters, which demonstrates how to give CPR to a baby that is unconscious and not breathing.

The special courses will cost £25 and cover key first aid emergencies for babies and toddlers. A number of free baby first aid demonstrations are due to take place in public areas such as shopping centres.

St John Ambulance regional director, Simon Dunn, 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 as reassuring as possible by making this new video and putting on a set of courses.”

Visit www.sja.org.uk/NurseryRhymesInc to watch the video.