Monday, October 26, 2009

Mouth to Mouth CPR give you the willies?

No More!

In 2005 the American Heart Association changed its recommendations about CPR. In the case of a witnessed cardiac arrest, they no longer suggested using mouth to mouth resuscitation. Now in a study reported in the Journal Watch Emergency Medicine, it appears that a victim is almost twice as likely to survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with effective chest compressions alone compared to the older routine of mouth to mouth plus chest compressions.

Part of the original rationale for changing the recommendations was that not only is it more effective (which this study supports) but it will make it more likely that people will actually step up to the plate and start basic CPR while waiting for expert help to arrive. Tell your kids about this and watch this two minute YouTube clip about how to do chest compressions. It could save a life, maybe even your own!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Parenting Style affects Driving Record

As if we needed any more evidence that the way we raise our kids affects the way they walk (or drive) in the world, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, just published a well done study to show it. The authors reviewed almost 5700 responses by 9-11th graders to the 2006 National Young Driver Survey. Parents are divided into four parenting styles based on the kids' assessment:

1) authoritative(lots of support and lots of rules/monitoring)
2) authoritarian (lots of rules without the support)
3) permissive (lots of support but no monitoring)
4) uninvolved (none of any of it)

Of some concern is the fact that 19% of kids described their parents as "uninvolved." Compared with these kids, the children of authoritative parents had half the crash risk in the past year, were less likely to drive when intoxicated and were less likely to use a cell phone while driving. Interestingly, there was no significant difference between permissive and uninvolved parents.

So once more, we learn that parenting matters, and parenting style matters even more. Now if only we can figure out how to be authoritative without being a "helicopter parent."