HOW TO PER­FORM CARDIOPULMONARY RE­SUS­CI­TA­TION (CPR) ON A BABY*

*Guide­lines from the Univer­sity of Washington School of Medicine

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1 SHOUT AND TAP

If your baby is un­re­spon­sive and she is not breath­ing, or not breath­ing nor­mally, put her on her back and be­gin CPR. “CPR should not be in­ter­rupted for more than 10 sec­onds at a time,” cau­tions Nick van der Walt of the NOSA Action Train­ing Acad­emy.

2 GIVE 30 COM­PRES­SIONS

Give 30 gen­tle chest com­pres­sions at about two pushes per sec­ond. Use two or three fin­gers in the cen­tre of the chest just be­low the nip­ples. Press down one-third the depth of the chest (about 3-4cm).

3 OPEN THE AIR­WAY

Open the air­way by lift­ing the baby’s chin.

4 GIVE TWO GEN­TLE BREATHS

If the baby is not breath­ing or not breath­ing nor­mally, cover the baby’s mouth and nose with your mouth and give two gen­tle breaths. Each breath should be about one sec­ond long and you should be able to see the baby’s chest rise with the breath. “Five sets of CPR (30 com­pres­sions per set) and five rescue breath at­tempts (ten breaths in to­tal) should be per­formed, which should take around two min­utes to com­plete,” says van der Walt. “Re­assess pulse and breath­ing af­ter that. If you can feel a pulse but no breath­ing, con­tinue rescue breath­ing at a rate of 12 breaths per minute.” Con­tinue with the com­pres­sions and breaths un­til help ar­rives.

AIR­WAY

BREATH­ING

COM­PRES­SIONS

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