Nothing is scarier, more daunting, and more intimidating than having to step in and save a baby’s life. Being a superhero for your own family or someone else’s is an immense responsibility - but it is one you are capable of handling. Seeing a baby choke or struggle to breathe is an unforgettable sight, one that elicits panic and turmoil. Stay calm and collected to properly handle the situation. A calm mindset, proper preparedness, and CPR training will arm you with the knowledge and power to be a superhero.
Most arrests in babies occur from lack of oxygen due to choking on food or even a toy. If you are unaware as to why a baby is not breathing, immediately perform CPR. Every second counts, and transforming into a superhero is vital in this moment.
Here are essential steps to applying your cape and saving a baby’s life:
Check for Response:
Flick the baby’s feet in an attempt to elicit a response, a cry, or movement
Do not shake the baby
If there is no response:
Place the baby on his or her back on a firm, flat surface
Preferably, the surface is a table that puts the baby at your waist level
If this is not possible, the floor will suffice
Place one hand or two fingers just below the baby’s nipple line in the center of the chest
Compress the chest about 1.5 inches
Perform 30 compressions before you perform two breaths
Count out loud to maintain rhythm, know how many you are on, and to calm yourself during a stressful situation
100-120 compressions in one minute is your goal
Place one hand on the baby’s forehead and two fingers under the baby’s chin
Gently tilt the baby’s head back
Cover the baby’s mouth and nose with your mouth
Give two breaths, slowly
Leave one second in between each breath
Assess for chest rise and fall
Being a superhero isn’t easy. It’s a tough job, but you are more than prepared to perform your duties. Get CPR certified and earn your cape. Remain calm, recall your knowledge, and be the guiding force in any emergency situation. CPR saves lives and, with certification, you can, too.