Medical Care

Handling Emergencies

If your child is having more difficulty with breathing than usual, has blue or gray skin, can’t move or wake up, OR is having excessive pain, call 911. The operator will ask you questions about your child. If necessary, the operator can give you directions for positioning your child, making sure your child’s mouth and throat are clear, and, if necessary, how to breathe into your child’s mouth or nose and begin chest compressions to pump blood until help arrives.

Consider learning Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in advance of an emergency. Classes are offered in various formats – you can decide which format works for you. For example:

  • classes that start online and end with a scheduled class where you perform CPR with a coach present
  • classes completed in one day
  • classes that meet two or more times.  You can decide which format works best for you.

Even if you are not certified in CPR or officially trained, there is a chance you can save a life by knowing something about CPR.

Where to Learn CPR

CPR classes are offered by several organizations (see below). You may also be able to obtain training at ambulance companies, hospitals, community centers and places of worship.

Resource Contact Information

American Heart Association, Pittsburgh Metro
American Red Cross, Southwestern PA Chapter
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): An online tutorial
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Infant and Child CPR classes