We all know by now that the hit children's song Baby Shark is taking over the world. It's been featured on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, has spawned countless spin-off shows, toys and books, and even people who don't have children have found themselves humming the catchy tune. But did you know it can also help to save lives?
Chris Pietroforte is a former firefighter and EMT of almost 20 years who now owns a first aid training business in California. Pietroforte obviously knows a lot about CPR and how to instruct others in the best way to administer it. Typically, someone who is taught to administer CPR is told to perform chest compressions along to the beat of "Stayin' Alive" by the BeeGees. Essentially, songs just need to be between 100 and 120 beats per minute to be effective, Piertroforte told Inside Edition. Which is exactly why the song "Baby Shark" would also work. At 115 beats per minute it's slightly faster than "Stayin' Alive," but as Pietroforte points out, giving someone a tune they know, especially a child, can be just as effective.
Pietroforte isn't the only professional who thinks that Baby Shark can actually help save lives. UK morning show This Morning's resident Dr. Ranj recently demonstrated on the program just how effective the catchy song could be by helping someone performing CPR administer their chest compressions properly.
Students in Virginia are also using the popular children's song to learn CPR, as the lifesaving skill is now a high school graduation requirement. Pietroforte says it can help even the youngest of children learn the technique, adding that his now 3-year-old daughter Saige has been watching her father teach other people CPR since she was about a year old. As a result, she began to practice herself once she was about 2 years old.
“I tell people all the time if a 2-year-old can learn, why can’t you? So there’s no excuse for that," her proud dad told InsideEdition.
3-year-old girl learns CPR by watching her dad, a former firefighter & EMT
LIFE SAVER: This 3-year-old girl learned how to do CPR by watching her dad, who is an instructor. He says if she can learn, anyone can ❤️️ https://cbsn.ws/2NyibLyPosted by CBS News on Thursday, February 28, 2019
"She actually goes to all my classes when I teach, and she demonstrates how to do it. ... So she’s in there, and I tell people that if they can’t outdo her, they won’t pass, and that’s actually happened a couple times. I had someone drop out of an EMT class because she outdid him and he was embarrassed, and he left because he didn’t wanna be outdone by a 2-year-old," he added. Pietroforte says his daughter can use a defibrillator and knows the proper rate that CPR needs to be performed, possibly thanks to Baby Shark.
So while the Pinkfong song may be an annoying earworm, it may just help save some lives.