EMT Dad Uses ‘Baby Shark’ to Teach Toddler CPR

The catchy kids’ song ‘Baby Shark’ serves a purpose beyond getting stuck in your head. It could help your child learn how to save a life.

A cartoon image of a shark surrounded by bubbles and 'baby shark' lyrics

“Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo.”

You’re reading this right now and I know you want to sucker punch me because just hearing – or in this case, reading – one line of “Baby Shark,””and it’s stuck in your head for what feels like forever.

While it seems like the Pinkfong peeps created this song just to drive parents insane, we can now thank one California dad for a discovering a purpose for the tune that goes beyond creating a loop in our heads.

It can actually help your child learn how to save a life.

Chris Pietroforte, a former firefighter and EMT who is now a CPR instructor, used the popular kids’ song to teach his then 2-year-old daughter, Saige, how to administer CPR.

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Pietroforte posted the video of his daughter, who is now 3 years old, giving rescue breaths and chest compressions to a test-dummy. His goal? To prove that anyone can learn CPR, and hey, if his toddler can do it, you can too.

The dad, who owns Central Valley CPR, told Inside Edition that a song used to teach CPR should be 100 to 120 beats per minute.

While many people use the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, this infectious tune is the perfect choice for teaching a younger set this life-saving skill.

And it’s an important one to have, Pietroforte told Inside Edition.

“My goal is to get as many people out there trained. … And the more people trained, the better it is out there for society,” he said.

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