Even if you don’t have kids, you’re probably familiar with the “Baby Shark” song. It’s a children’s song about a family of sharks and it was so catchy, it’s gone viral and even landed on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s one of the few kids songs to make it on the chart, but it turns out the infections earworm isn’t just good for getting stuck in your head, it can also help save lives.
A video of a three-year-old girl successfully performing CPR is making the rounds, and while that’s impressive, the tot’s dad - who has worked as an EMT and firefighter for close to two decades - gives credit for her life-saving technique to the “Baby Shark” song. Chris Pietroforte shared the video of his little girl, Saige, as proof that anyone can learn CPR. Most folks know to use the beat of the song “Stayin’ Alive” while doing chest compressions, but kids who don’t know that song definitely know “Baby Shark,” which also works.
So while the song may be annoying, it can work to teach little ones how to save a life. “A good way to teach kids is by letting them pick their own song,” Pietroforte explains. Any song that is 100 to 120 beats per minute will work, and “Baby Shark” is one of them.