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CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is a combination of a series of rescue breathing and chest compressions to someone in need after the heart stops pumping blood. Most of us way back in Health class, have done this on a practice dummy.
This adult life saving measure of 2 BREATHS, each breath should take 1 second, and 30 PUMPS with hand over hand (both hands) to the chest faster than once per second repeatedly done until help can arrive.
But what about babies and small children? Do you remember anything from class on them? Did they even cover it in your Health Class?
CPR for Children (Ages 1-8)
CPR for children is similar to CPR for adults. The compression to ventilation ratio is 30:2. There are, however, 3 differences.
1) If you are alone with the child give two minutes of CPR before calling 911
2) Use the heel of one hand as for adults for chest compressions
3) Press the sternum approximately one-third the depth of the chest
CPR for Infants (Age <1)
There are vastly different things that have to be done for a baby. Key items are covering the mouth and nose, watch how hard you give the pumps, the use of two or three fingers to give the compression inside of the hand.
1. Shout and Tap
Shout and gently tap the child on the shoulder. If there is no response, position the infant on his or her back
2. Open The Airway
Open the airway using a head tilt lifting of chin. Do not tilt the head too far back
3. Give 2 Gentle Breaths
If the baby is NOT breathing give 2 small gentle breaths. Cover the baby's mouth and nose with your mouth. Each breath should be 1 second long. You should see the baby's chest rise with each breath.
4. Give 30 Compressions
Give 30 gentle chest compressions at the rate of 100 per minute. Use two or three fingers in the center of the chest just below the nipples. Press down approximately one-third the depth of the chest.
Repeat with 2 breath and 30 compressions. After two minutes of repeated cycles call 911 and continue giving breaths and compressions.
More information on Saving Your Baby's Life please visit http://www.babyzoneandbeyond.com/
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Reminder For compressions:
Adults = two hands
Small Child = the heel of one hand
Baby = 2 or 3 fingers