Avoid hot car deaths
How to help a choking child
CPR class schedule

July 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. 

Avoid hot car deaths.

The greatest percentage of deaths from leaving a child in a hot car are unintentional. The parents are not "bad" parents. It is a result of forgetfulness in most cases. A parent just forgets about the child in the back of the car.

Heat stroke is the second leading cause of non-traffic deaths among children. The inside of a car heats up quickly with 80% of the increase in temperature happening in the first 10 minutes.

A childs' thermoregulatory system is not the same as an adult. If a childs' temperature rises to 107, their internal organs begin to shut down and this can lead to death. 
Take the following steps to prevent a tragedy from happening:
  • Make a habit of looking in the back seat before leaving and locking the car
  • Put your briefcase, purse or cell phone in the back as an extra reminder to check the back seats
  • Put the diaper bag right next to you as another reminder

As a by-stander if you see a child alone in a car call 911 immediately. 

How to help a choking child.

Choking is a common among children especially young children. They eat fast, eat on the run, do not always chew their food properly. As well as food young children can choke on other hazards such as coins, marbles, small toys, small batteries, latex balloons etc.

Choking is when food or another object gets stuck in the airway or throat. This prevents air exchange from occurring. If the object is not expelled quickly, it can lead to unresponsiveness. If oxygen is not circulating around the body, permanent brain damage can occur after 4-6 minutes and death can occur at 8-10 minutes without circulating oxygen. This is why it is so important to know how to immediately react.

What should you do?
Some choking is mild and some is severe.

Mild Choking.
Choking is mild when the child can cough loudly and make sounds. 
  • Stand by and let her cough
  • If you are worried about her breathing, call 911

Severe choking. 

Choking is severe when she cannot breathe, has a cough with no sound, cannot talk. An older child may give the universal choking sign, clutching the neck with both hands.
  • Ask "Are you choking?"
  • If someone else is around have them call 911
  • Get behind he and wrap your arms around her so they're in front
  • Make a fist with one hand
  • Put the thumb side of the fist above the belly button
  • Grasp the fist with the other hand and give quick upward thrusts into the abdomen
  • Continue until the object comes out or the child stops responding

If the child stops responding start CPR.   


This technique is used for a child (1 to 9 years old). The choking technique is different for an infant (newborn to 1 year). 

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, July 21st at 7pm
(A few spaces still available) 
Tuesday, August 4th at 7pm 
Tuesday, August 18th at 7pm
Tuesday, September 1st at 7pm
Tuesday, September 15th at 7pm
Tuesday, October 6th at 7pm
Tuesday, October 20th at 7pm  

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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