Wow, Thats quite an article. With Health and Safety being one of my main duties at work, this is a subject that is very touchy with me.
I have been taking First Aid courses since I was 17 and I can not tell you the number of times I thank God that I have. I have always been afraid of death but about six years I took a refresher (and very updated) course in First Aid. Less than two weeks later my nephew had his first seizure. My sister and her husband of course reacted as any parent would..unsure and scared and even more so when no one could identify why it happened or what it was. After talking to her I mentioned that it sounded like nocturnal epilepsy and gave her some tips (oh, and at NO TIME is a spoon or anything else to be given to them). She took him to someone who specializes in this and sure enough, this is exactly what it turned out to be.
Not two days later, my brothers 3 year old decided to have a "hard candy". A few seconds later she began to choke. Now, choking does not mean coughing..if someone is coughing then they have air to the passages and therefore are not choking. She on the other hand was making the motions but no sound was coming out and of course, she was changing color..blue, not red like someone who is choking. That was probably one of the single most frightening moment s of my life. I did the abdominal thrusts until I got sound and then it was a matter of keeping her calm and encouraging her to finish coughing the rest up herself which she did.
My kids all know first aid now..(I insisted on it that summer). I have even taught them to administer it to themselves and is probably the most important thing I have ever taught them. I even showed them from the time they could understand how to remove the storm windows in the house should they need to get out in the event of a fire. We have random firedrills as well (unfortunately they have also learned how to disarm the smoke alarm too).
Honestly, I can't understand why parents wouldn't take the time to go through the basics with their kids. Simple things that can really make a difference between living and dying. I carry First Aid kits, and blankets in the car and there is one in the house too. Emergency numbers are programed into the phones ..I could go on for hours, but you get the message.
My next main purchase is to buy a defibrillator.