Here’s what to know about Infant CPR.
The National Safety Council (NSC), U.S. nonprofit safety organization focusing on eliminating preventable deaths and injuries, says that infants who are choking require a different rescue procedure than adults.
To help a choking infant, the NSC says to clear the airway first.
Then, only if the infant cannot cry, cough, or breathe, do the following:
- Support the infant face down by holding the head in one hand with the torso on your forearm against your thigh
- Give up to five back slaps between the shoulder blades with the heel of your other hand
- If the object is not expelled, roll the infant face up, supporting the back of the infant’s head with your hand
- Place two fingers on the breastbone just below the nipple line
- Give five chest thrusts about one per second about 1 ½ inches deep
- Continue cycles of five back slaps and five chest thrusts until the object is expelled or the infant becomes unresponsive.
If the infant becomes unresponsive or is found unresponsive, begin CPR.
For more information, visit https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/infographics/cpr-steps.