Finding your child, or any child in your care, unconscious or unresponsive can be a terrifying experience. But should the situation ever arise It’s important that you know how to do CPR on a baby or infant so that you can remain as calm as possible and give the child the help they need.
How to tell if your baby is unresponsive
If you are concerned that your baby seems unresponsive or isn’t waking up, there are a few things you should do immediately.
Start by calling out to the baby to see if they respond. You should also try gently tapping baby on the shoulder or lightly flicking the sole of their foot. If baby doesn’t seem to be responsive after these two steps, it’s important to make sure you know how to do CPR on the baby.
Performing CPR on baby
Knowing how to do CPR on a baby is incredibly important for anyone involved in the care of a child. Start by making sure nothing is blocking the baby’s airway. Tilt their head back ever-so-slightly and open their mouth. If you can see anything in their mouth that should be removed, and you can do so with ease, pick out the obstruction immediately. If there is something blocking their airways that you can’t reach, you should look into performing first aid on the baby to remove the lodged item.
If baby’s airway looks to be clear and baby still doesn’t appear to be breathing, start performing 30 gentle compressions with two or three fingers in the centre of baby’s chest. Make sure you lie baby on their back before you do so. Aim to press down no more than 1 and a half inches and perform two compressions a second – a good suggestion is to perform compressions to the beat of ‘Staying Alive’ if you’re unsure of how fast to perform these compressions.
Don’t worry about pressing too hard during compressions. CPR requires you to press hard and fast as this will be more effective than compressions which are too slow or soft.
If you are alone with an unresponsive baby for more than a minute, make sure you call emergency services. You should continue to perform CPR until the emergency services arrive, with 30 chest pumps and 2 breaths in each cycle of CPR.
Take a class
Even if you have read written instructions, it’s always a good idea to find a course in how to do CPR on a baby or infant if you are going to be in charge of caring for babies and infants on a regular basis. This way you’ll get to see CPR techniques performed first hand by trained professionals and get hands on training experience with specially made CPR dummies.
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