According to Mayo Clinic, “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including a heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped”.
It is common to say this type of health emergency cannot happen to a child and that it is common among older people. You are partially correct but it also happens to babies too. This is why everyone especially women are supposed to know how to apply CPR so they can tackle the situation when there is an emergency with the baby or any person.
Babies sometimes can choke on their food especially when they decide to take big chunks that they cannot finish or swallow. They can also experience cardiac arrest when they cannot take in oxygen as result of choking or drowning. Then the heart cannot pump blood to the brain and other organs of the body.
The Washington Department of Education describes how to carry out a CPR with some graphics.
In addition, the Mayo clinic recommends the following actions:
- To begin, examine the situation. Stroke the baby and watch for a response, such as movement, but do not shake the baby.
- If there’s no response, follow the C-A-B procedures below for a baby under age 1 (except newborns, which includes babies up to 4 weeks old) and time the call for help as follows:
- If you’re the only rescuer and you didn’t see the baby collapse, do CPR for two minutes — about five cycles — before calling your local emergency number and getting the AED. If you did see the baby collapse, your local emergency number and get the AED, if one is available, before beginning CPR.
- If another person is available, have that person call for help immediately and get the AED while you attend to the baby.