What All Parents Should Know

It is very important that parents know infant and child CPR. You could save your child’s life! I decided to take a CPR class over the weekend and to become certified to perform CPR. You can easily search online to sign up for CPR classes near you and the classes are quick and easy. If you do not want the hands on lesson I have the steps for you. I encourage everyone to learn CPR but especially people with children.

Infant CPR

  1. If baby does not respond to tapping on shoulder or a shout, lay baby on its back.
  2. Open mouth with fingers and be sure that tongue is not blocking throat. Do not do this without looking. Use finger sweep to remove any blockage.
  3. If notpossible neck injury, place hand on forehead and other hand under chin, and gently tilt head back to free tongue so as not to block windpipe.
  4. Cover mouth and nose with your mouth or hold nose shut and blow 2 times (chest should rise).  If air does not seem to be going through or chest does NOT risewhen doing breaths, look inside mouth using finger sweep to remove any blockage. Do not do a blind finger sweep. Look at what you are doing.
  5. Put middle two fingers (3rd and 4th) in middle of chest just below level of nipples.
  6. Gently press down 30 timesabout 1/3 of depth of chest at a rate of a little less than about 2 per second (100 per minute)
  7. CYCLE: 2 breaths (both mouth and nose covered) and then  30 chest presses (a little less than 2 per second) with middle fingers
  8. If you feel pulse return, continue with breaths only.
  9. Continue until there is movement or rescue team comes.
  10. If baby vomits, turn the head to the side and try to sweep out or wipe off the vomit. Continue with CPR.

Child CPR (8 years old and under)

  1. Place on back
  2. Look inside mouth using finger sweep to remove any blockage. Do not do a blind finger sweep. Look at what you are doing.
  3. If notpossibility of neck injury, gently tilt head back to free tongue from blocking windpipe (hand on forehead and other hand under chin)
  4. Hold nose shut – cover mouth with your mouth and give 2 breaths (each 2 seconds and see chest rise)  If air does not seem to be going through or chest does NOT risewhen doing breaths, look inside mouth use finger sweep to remove blockage
  5. Then put heel of one hand on the center of the chest (midway between nipples)
  6. Press down about 1/3 of depth of chest 30 timesat a rate of a little less than about 2 per second (100 per minute)
  7. CYCLE:Repeat 2 breaths and 30 chest press
  8. If you feel pulse return, continue with breaths only
  9. Continue until there is movement or rescue team comes
  10. If child vomits, turn the head to the side and try to sweep out or wipe off the vomit. Continue with CPR.

 

By: Tonnisha Deonn