How To Perform CPR On A Baby
It's a situation that we all hope we will never find ourselves in, but it could and unfortunately, does happen. Having to save a child's life due to choking, water accidents, or getting caught in draw-strings and curtain cords is a scary reality. And if it happens to you, you will want to be prepared.
This guide will help to explain the basics of CPR, but please don't rely on it as your only source of information. Make sure to take a few hours to take part in an infant and child CPR course too, where you will learn and practice essential life-saving techniques. Visit parentfirstaid.ie for more information.
Here’s the basics of what you need to know about CPR for babies:
Check For Response
- Gently stimulate the baby by speaking loudly and by moving a limb or tapping on the foot.
- NEVER shake a baby!
If They Respond
If the baby responds by opening their eyes or trying to move:
- Keep them in the position that you found them.
- Check for other injuries.
- Send for help or raise the alarm.
If There Is No Response
Place the baby on his/her back on a firm, flat surface, such as the floor or table.
- Place one hand on the baby's forehead and press gently downward to rotate the head backward.
- Place the tip of one finger under the jaw to lift and support the chin.
- The finished position should be with the baby's eyes pointing upward.
Proceed with 2 minutes of CPR before calling 999/112. If infant is not breathing, seek help immediately!
- Place the tips of two fingers over the lower third of the babies breast bone, just below the line of the nipples.
- Press down on the breast bone to a depth of one third of the depth of the baby's chest.
- Release the pressure keeping your fingers in contact with the baby's chest.
- Give 30 compressions at a speed of 120 compressions a minute.
- After 30 chest compressions deliver 2 rescue breaths.
- Take a breath and place your lips around the baby's nose and mouth ensuring that you have a good seal.
- Blow out gently into the baby's mouth until you see the chest rise.
- Lift your head away from the baby while maintaining head tilt - chin lift, and allow the air to come out of the baby's mouth.
- Repeat the sequence.
Continue CPR until you see signs of life or until medical professionals arrive.
For more information on CPR and first aid, visit parentfirstaid.ie
Please note: The information contained on eumom.ie is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis or treatment by a qualified medical professional. If in doubt, always consult your doctor.
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