It’s not something any parent really wants to think about, but let’s face it – we’ve all been there. You’ve had to have thought, “If my child or infant needed me to perform CPR on them, would I be able to do it correctly and save their life?”
In honor of November being National Child Safety and Protection Month, we’re doing our part at SOS Technologies by sharing everything you need to know about resuscitating your toddler or infant in a life-saving situation involving CPR.
Step 1) Check for a response
“Are you OK?” Tap the child on the shoulder to see if you get any kind of response. Obviously, for an infant, it’s a bit different as you won’t get a clear verbal answer, but you can still tap the bottom of their feet hard enough for them to motion in response.
Step 2) If you’re alone, it’s time to administer care for the next 2 minutes.
If anyone is nearby, have them call 9-1-1. But for this scenario, let’s err on the side of you being on your own and nobody else is around. What do you do? You’re going to follow the next few steps for 2 minutes, then call 9-1-1.
Step 3) Tilt the head back and lift the chin to open the child or infant’s airway.
Step 4) Listen intently for the next few seconds: Are there any immediate sounds of breathing and not a gasp for air? Are we hearing any type of breathing pattern in the infant?
Step 5) Not breathing? Keep the head tilted back, lift the chin, pinch their nose shut and then breathe into the child’s mouth two times.
Step 6) Push hard and fast on the child or infant’s chest.
Note that for an infant, it’s going to be slightly different to administer CPR than for a child.
For a child, position the heel of one hand on the center of the child’s chest and then position the heel of your other hand on top of the first hand. Now lace your fingers together. Proceed to give 30 quick chest compressions that are about 2 inches deep.
For the infant, use 2 fingers to give 30 quick chest compressions. You’re going to go a little over an inch deep into the chest with each compression.
Step 7) Return to tilting the head back, lifting the chin and breathing into the child or infant’s mouth two times. Then return to the 30 quick chest compressions.
Continue this cycle of alternating two breaths and 30 chest compressions until you witness signs of the child or infant breathing, an AED becomes available or an EMS professional arrives on the scene.
Now That You’ve Got The Know-How For Toddler / Infant CPR,
Let’s Put It Into Action.
Understanding the steps for toddler and infant CPR is critical. But the practical teaching of simulating a save situation means everything. That’s why your business should strongly consider enrolling a team in a CPR/AED training session from SOS Technologies. We’ll come to your site, where one of our safety consultants will not only teach you how to perform adult CPR but toddler/child CPR as well at no extra charge. So don’t delay. Book your training session with SOS today at 888.705.6100.