As a parent, our child’s health has the highest priority to all of us. We take all the measures that the baby is safe and away from all sorts of problems. However, sometimes, a few things are not under our control. Uncertainties can happen at any time, and we have to be ready with a solution to tackle that. Today in this article, we shall be talking about how to give ‘Baby CPR’.
Children tend to eat and swallow everything that comes into their hands. Because of that, they tend to choke easily. To overcome that, and even for other purposes, one of the most effective solutions is CPR. However, unlike the grown-ups, children are sensitive and delicate. You cannot exert the same pressure as you might apply to a grown-up person while giving CPR. So today, we shall be guiding you with how to carry out the procedure with kids. Read on to know more.
What Is Baby CPR?
Before we talk about the procedure, we must understand the definition of CPR and why you should perform it. CPR expands to ‘cardiopulmonary resuscitation.’ It is an emergency procedure that is followed to retain the normal functioning of the brain when the blood circulation from the heart and breathing has stopped. It is usually done to a person suffering from cardiac arrest and involves the compression of chest and artificial ventilation.
If you are new to CPR, you are advised not to perform it, especially on small children. Because they are delicate and sensitive, but worry not, here we guide you with how to perform CPR to the baby. Here we go.
Take A Class
Though you might find a lot of written guides on the internet (including this), we suggest that you get trained for this by a recognized American Heart Association instructor. It will help you get hands-on experience and understand all the techniques.
Clear All The Obstruction
It is the first thing that you should do before starting the procedure. Make sure there is nothing in the mouth of the baby. If you find something, remove it using your fingers. Similarly, if there is something in the airway, remove it using the first aid.
Baby CPR Procedure
Now, let us begin the actual baby CPR procedure. Position the baby on his back and try to get a response from him by shouting or tapping. If you do not get any answer, call 911 for help, and meanwhile, check if the baby is breathing. If not, carry out the CPR procedure. Follow the following steps for the same:
- Place the baby on his back on a flat and firm surface.
- Place two fingers on the sternum. In natural language, the breastbone, which is just below the nipple line.
- Give the first set of 30 compressions using your fingers in 18 seconds or less for around 1.5 inches.
- Tap on the back with one hand and use the other hand to lift his chin gently. It will clear the airway.
- Breathing: Cover the nose and mouth of the baby with your mouth and give a puff of air blow, ensuring there is a rise in the baby’s chest. Wait for one second, and provide another. Then lift his chin and tilt his head before the next blow. Try to do this within 10 seconds.
- If you see no results, give 30 compressions more, and repeat with step 5.
- Continue the entire process until you see any progress or any help arrives.