June 2015

"There is nothing more important than the safety of your child".

Baby Zone & Beyond LLC is dedicated to providing information for emergency care until trained medical help arrives.  
In that spirit, it is our mission to bring you newsletter topics that are relevant to child & family safety and wellness. 

Bystander CPR can save a drowning child.

It's that time of year, it should be a fun time. But, unfortunately we hear too many stories about drownings especially with young children. Children ages one to four have the highest drowning rates.

For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.More than 50% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments require hospitalization or transfer for further care. These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).

While all accidents cannot be prevented you can take some steps to make sure your child is not a victim.

Tips to help you keep your child safe in the water
  • Supervise when in or around water. Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the bath, swimming or playing in or around water. You should provide "touch supervision", that is be close enough to reach the child at all times. Because drowning occurs quickly and quietly, adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (such as reading, talking on the phone, texting) while supervising children, even if lifeguards are present.
  • Learn to Swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. However, even when children have had formal swimming lessons, constant, careful supervision when children are in the water, and barriers, such as pool fencing to prevent unsupervised access, are still important.

Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). In the time it takes for paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could save someone's life.  

Immediate resuscitation at the site of a submersion incident, before the arrival of paramedic personnel, is associated with a significantly better neurologic outcome in children with submersion injury.
Bystanders should be able to start CPR, (chest compressions and rescue breathing).  


If you have a swimming pool at home:
  • Install Four-Sided Fencing. Install a four-sided pool fence that completely separates the pool area from the house and yard. The fence should be at least 4 feet high. Use self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward with latches that are out of reach of children. Also, consider additional barriers such as automatic door locks and alarms to prevent access or alert you if someone enters the pool area.
  • Clear the Pool and Deck of Toys. Remove floats, balls and other toys from the pool and surrounding area immediately after use so children are not tempted to enter the pool area unsupervised.
Sunburn prevention for children.

  • Always use a sunscreen on your child when going out in the sun.
  • Choose a sunscreen made for children with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
  • Apply 15 to 30 minutes before going out. Keep in mind that no sunscreen is truly waterproof, and thus it needs to be reapplied every one and a half to two hours, particularly if your child spends a lot of time in the water. Consult the instructions on the bottle. 
  • Use a beach umbrella or similar object to keep him in the shade as much as possible. 
  • Have her wear a hat with a wide brim. 
  • Babies under six
    months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight.

In-home "Party"

This is our most popular class. The Infant and Child CPR, choking & Basic First Aid for children class is conducted in the comfort of your home with your family & friends.

Call or e-mail to schedule.

Infant and Child CPR, Choking & Basic First Aid for children.

Chatham NJ schedule.
Tuesday, June 16th at 7pm 
Tuesday, July 21st at 7pm  
Tuesday, August 4th at 7pm 
Tuesday, August 18th at 7pm 

Visit our website for class description. 
Remember to keep your CPR and First Aid training up to date. Don't wait for a tragedy or near-tragic event to take these all important life-saving classes. If it's more than 2 years since you took a CPR/First Aid class it's time to take one again.    


Have a great and safe month.


Geraldine Hickey, RN
CPR Instructor.
Winner of 2014 Women of Excellence for Medicine/Health Union County, NJ
Owner, Baby Zone & Beyond, LLC
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