CPR for Baby
CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. This is required if your baby is unconscious, cannot breathe despite being given rescue breaths, and you are unable to find his pulse.
How to Give CPR
- Lay your baby on his back, hold his forehead with one hand and put the index finger of the other just below the imaginary line running between his nipples.
- Placing the next two fingers right underneath (the breastbone), raise the index finger and compress the chest ½ to 1 inch, then release. Try to give a steady push down. Do this about five times in quick succession. Then administer one slow rescue breath lasting for about two seconds. Repeat this twelve times and check for baby’s pulse. If you still can’t find the pulse, continue this cycle of compression and giving a rescue breath. If your baby starts breathing, stop CPR and keep checking the pulse every minute for some time until help arrives. Consult a doctor to ensure that his air passage is clear and that there are no internal injuries.