Baby Health

Learn This CPR Technique To Save A Child’s Life

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.

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How My Baby Died From Severe Pneumonia

My baby was healthy. She had fever for two days and I was going to bring her to the doctor the next morning, but she started vomiting at midnight so we brought her to the hospital immediately.

When they got to the hospital, the medical staff hooked her baby to an IV, through which they gave her a medication to stop severe vomiting.

The next day, around noon, her baby started throwing up again. The medication didn’t work. She had asked for help, but there was only one nurse on duty as most of the staff had left to attend a party.

“We were calling out for help but no one helped us. I had to carry my child all the way to the emergency room because the doctors were there and we were in a ward,” she said, adding how her baby was struggling to breathe.

The only nurse on duty hooked her baby to a nebuliser, but it was too late. She recalls screaming for help, but they couldn’t save her baby.

Her baby, who she describes was perfectly healthy, had died because her lungs had filled up with phlegm, making it impossible for her to breathe.

Contrary to popular believe pneumonia is not caused by cold weather or getting wet but it is actually an infection. A cold or flu that gets worse can turn into pneumonia. That’s because the cold or flu will irritate the lungs, creating an environment where it’s easier for pneumonia germs to move in and start an infection.

  • The cause of pneumonia can either be fungi, bacterial, or viral.
  • It can be prevented through vaccination, proper nutrition, and through providing the proper environment: avoiding pollution and practicing good hygiene.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life has also been found to help.
  • If the cause of the condition is bacterial in nature, it can be treated with antibiotics. Sadly, only 1/3 of children diagnosed with pneumonia receive the needed antibiotics.

Normally, pneumonia begins as a mild cough or sore throat, much like other respiratory infections.

  • fever (usually above 38.5°C)
  • shivering
  • cough
  • rapid breathing
  • wheezing
  • difficulty breathing
  • chest or abdominal pain
  • poor appetite
  • exhaustion
  • vomiting
  • dehydration

However, it’s important for parents to know that there is a type of pneumonia, or what is known as Walking Pneumonia, that is so mild and subtle that those who have it barely show any symptoms. Though not easily detected, it can be treated with antibiotics. 

Pneumonia can affect anyone of any age, if you notice any of these symptoms in your child or even yourself be sure to visit the hospital as soon as possible to get it treated.  

Source: The Asian Parent 

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