How to give CPR to babies
BRITISH Heart Foundation senior cardiac nurse
advises parents on what do when a baby or child’s heart stops beating.
If a baby or a child has a cardiac arrest, taking quick action can save their life.
Recognising a cardiac arrest is easier than you think – you simply need to check whether someone is not breathing, or is not breathing normally.
Gasping sounds or irregular breaths are not normal.
The most important thing you can do at this point is call 999 and make sure an ambulance is on the way to you.
You should also start performing CPR to keep oxygenrich blood flowing around their body and to their brain.
Compress the chest 30 times to about a third of its depth – use two fingers for a baby under the age of one, and the heel of one of your hands for a child over the age of one. If you’re not sure, make a judgment based on the size of the baby or child in front of you.
After the 30 compressions, give two rescue breaths. A baby’s head should be in a straight, neutral position and your mouth should cover their nose.
For a child, tilt their head back and pinch their nose.
If you’ve had formal training in baby and child CPR, you may have been taught differently, but it’s far better to use the same simple steps as adult CPR on babies and children than to do nothing at all.