When the fetus is developing inside the mother, their little brain also develops. In fact, the fetal brain has always been a phenomenon of scientific research that has mesmerized the scientific community for centuries. It is eight weeks of pregnancy when the embryo transformed into the fetus and complex development and learning proceeds all the way to the first light. The first light is birth. This is when the baby enters the world and continues to learn.
The brain is encapsulated inside the skull and is composed of the nervous system and the spinal cord and believe it not; genes contribute to practically sixty percent of brain progress. What this means is that the opportunity to teach where learning is accepted without distraction is now because the genes comes from you and your ancestors, and you know how you learn.
Reading to an infant, toddler, and child as he and she progress through the complexities of their surroundings is of paramount concern. Their interpretation of the world comes from parents and other figures who are in contact with the child. Moreover, what is taught is something that is retained, whether good or bad. Most importantly, good or bad is clarified by what the parents and friends say which is in the language of the child but with clear and present meaning.
One subject that is vital for the child to know and understand is how the body works and what they can do to help it as it is affected by the dangers, diseases, and choices made of and from the world around them. The moment the child is read a book and told a story, their eyes are open wide, and so is their curiosity. Thus, to teach a child a technique that he and she can do as a manipulation is something that is unforgettable and stagnates in the back of their mind forever. For instance, to teach a child the skill of hands-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is the same as teaching them a nursery rhyme because as they grow up into adulthood, the hands-only technique; the nursery rhyme immerges as if it was learned yesterday.
The skill of CPR that is taught to a child includes recognizing when to act. Acting includes calling 911, knowing their location, address, phone number, mother and fathers name and not merely (Mom and Dad), and pushing on the chest in a fast and hard rhythmic type motion. Moreover, since children and adults tend to adore music more than sleeping and eating, CPR can be taught with a musical tone which also makes the technique memorable and can emerge in a moment’s notice.
As the child progresses in age through life, he and she will encounter a person or family member who may need the techniques of CPR. Since the child is a bit older, they are much wiser, and their thinking ability is tenfold. The solving ability of complex issues such as the human need for life is enhanced but easier to perform because they were taught a simple skill that will make a difference in someone’s life. The difference is knowing when to act and actually doing it without delay. Even more, the advantage of teaching the child CPR is not a false manifestation but a metaphor and a reality that leaves a feeling of gratitude and accomplishment, even though the person who the saved may not say thank you.
The child may not be strong enough to perform CPR when the victim is a big or massive adult whose heart stopped in their bed. For instance, the child finds a grown-up in bed with no heartbeat or breathing, and he or she will need to place them on the floor to perform CPR accurately and appropriately. When that particular body is too big to move off the bed, the child has no choice but to do CPR on the bed. Even more, one of the most important aspects of the child’s ability is to call 911. If 911 is called and the first responders can get there in less than six minutes, and the child does chest compressions, the outcome has the potential of being positive instead of negative.
A child is a smaller version of an adult, and their learning ability is excellent, if not better. The only difference is that they are not that strong. But, even if the child is not very strong, they should do their best. Teaching the child, a non-complex skill of CPR to save a life and make a difference in society is worth the time and effort. There have been many times in this country and around the world where a child called 911, performed CPR and saved the life of a parent, friend or stranger. Don’t hesitate to teach the child. You’ll find that it turns out to be beneficial and rewarding later today or in the future.