As parents, we are always seeking ideas or advise to raise our children right, involve our children in positive activity so trouble does not find them and even look for creative recipes to get them to eat better. All of the above and much more is a “recipe” to raise our children to be happy, healthy and productive citizens in the future.
What if they went to school one day and their future was jeopardized or ended by “sudden cardiac arrest”? You may be saying that won’t ever happen or probably asking how that could happen. Children begin growing and seem to be perfectly healthy and then, without warning, the unthinkable happens. And unfortunately, it happens all too frequently in this country. The positive friends they associate themselves with are left standing alone. That baseball game they were supposed to play in that night never gets played by them. Even the recipe you were planning to cook for dinner never gets cooked or eaten.
It’s not something any parent wants to think about or even wants to talk about. We don’t ever imagine that our children will be taken from us so silently, so randomly, or so unexpectedly. It is just that “unthinkable”. But it “is” something we must/ need to think about and begin to talk about just because of the frequency in which it is happening and the devastation it leaves in its wake when an event such as this happens to a family or a community.
As parents, you can begin to think about it and talk about it in a very small way that can make a very “big impact” should a child suffer a “sudden cardiac arrest” outside of the home.
Here are a few questions a parent can/ should ask, and be able to get concise answers to, that could be the difference between “life and death”:
Does the school they attend have an AED?
If they do, where is it located?
Is there a person(s) in the building at all times trained to use it?
Do they keep an AED near or on the field during baseball, football games, etc?
Same goes for dance studios, gyms, anywhere your child would be in the course of their day outside the home?
Do they have emergency procedures when an event of sudden cardiac arrest occurs?
These questions “NEED” to be asked. Do not take this for granted! You are ensuring the well being of your child/ children to these institutions and they need to be trusted that they are taking their jobs seriously.
Do not allow yourself, as a parent, to just “see” an AED on the wall and assume that your child is safe. Ask the questions!!! It could be the difference between the life and death of your child or the child of someone you know.
And when “all” of your questions are satisfied, and as parents you have the opportunity to participate in a “pro-active” preventive heart screening, add that ingredient to your recipe for life! Then if the ”God-Forbid” were to ever happen in your family or your community, you will know that you did “ALL” that you could toward prevention!