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CPR - infant - series

Check for responsiveness

1. Shake or tap the infant gently. See if the infant moves or makes a noise. Shout, “Are you OK?”

2. Send someone to call 911. Do not leave the infant yourself to call 911 until you have performed CPR for about 2 minutes.

3. If there is a chance the infant has a spinal injury, two people should move the infant to prevent the head and neck from twisting.

Chest compressions

4.

  • Place 2 fingers on the breastbone -- just below the nipples. Make sure not to press at the very end of the breastbone.
  • Keep your other hand on the infant’s forehead, keeping the head tilted back.
  • Press down on the infant’s chest so that it compresses about 1/3 to 1/2 the depth of the chest.
  • Give 30 chest compressions. Each time, let the chest rise completely. These compressions should be FAST and hard with no pausing. Count the 30 compressions quickly: “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30, off.”

Infant not breathing

5. Lift up the chin with one hand. At the same time, push down on the forehead with the other hand.

6. Place your ear close to the infant’s mouth and nose. Watch for chest movement. Feel for breath on your cheek.

7.

  • Cover the infant’s mouth and nose tightly with your mouth.
  • Alternatively, cover just the nose. Hold the mouth shut.
  • Keep the chin lifted and head tilted.
  • Give 2 breaths. Each breath should take about a second and make the chest rise.

8. Continue CPR (30 chest compressions followed by 2 breaths, then repeat) for about 2 minutes.

9. After about 2 minutes of CPR, if the infant still does not have normal breathing, coughing, or any movement, leave the infant to .

10. Repeat rescue breathing and chest compressions until the infant recovers or help arrives.

If the infant starts breathing again, place them in the recovery position. Periodically re-check for breathing until help arrives.

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  • Check for breathing

    Check for breathing

  • Chest compressions

    Chest compressions

  • Infant not breathing

    Infant not breathing

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