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Encouraging Heroes. You can be one too.

I met Kristin King at SOBCon08 and had the chance to chat with her further last week at SOBCon09. She’s adorable! And, as it turns out, she has superpowers.

Really! No kidding! Just recently she saved a choking baby by using the Heimlich Maneuver. Here’s what she posted on FaceBook.

I Heimliched a choking baby yesterday. If you’re a parent, you MUST know the Heimlich maneuver, basic first aid, and CPR. Don’t wait.

Wow is Kristin ever right. Soooooo, do you have first aid training? When is the last time you took any kind of refresher course? It’s been quite a while for me. Fortunately the boys are learning first aid with Scouts so I can brush up with them.

I found a great resource online for first aid at the KidsHealth.org parent safety page. You can also watch some training videos at ProCPR.org. If you pay the fee, there’s a certification program to get your card. You may also be able to find local training classes if you contact the Red Cross or your local doctor or hospital.

Are you competent to deal with a medical emergency in your own home? The life you save could be related to you.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who need to refresh their first aid training.

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