Baby Your Baby: Infant CPR


(KUTV) From birth plans to decorating the nursery, a lot of planning goes into having a baby. However, there’s one thing you can do that may end up saving your child’s life during an emergency and that’s learning infant CPR.

“What you want to check first is if they are unresponsive,” says Laura Carter, nurse manager of the cardiac intensive care unit at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.

To do this, tap on the child’s shoulder and shout their name. If they don’t respond, then check to see if they're breathing. Watch their chest to see if there’s any breaths coming in and out. If they’ve failed both checks, then it’s time to begin CPR.

“You want to start with compressions first, and what you want to do is put two fingers at nipple line, right in the center of the chest, and you’re going to compress 30 times,” explains Carter.

Compressions should take place at a rate of 100 per minute and be 1.5 inches deep. After 30 compressions, go ahead and give the baby two breaths.

“We are going to tilt baby’s head back, open up that airway, and you’re going to go ahead and put your mouth over baby’s mouth and nose to give those breaths,” says Carter.

While giving breaths, look for the chest to rise and fall. Then proceed by doing another full round of compressions and breaths. If you’re home by yourself, you would do a full two minutes (or two rounds) before calling 9-1-1.

If you know or have good reason to believe your child has swallowed something and may be choking, listen to see if they’re still able to make noise.

“The last thing you want to do is just blind finger sweep in there because unfortunately you could push it down further,” cautions Carter.

Instead, roll baby over and use the heel of your hand to do four back blows in the middle of the back. Then roll baby over again, tilt their body down, and do four chest thrusts. The hope is you’ll see whatever is blocking their air way pop out of their mouth.

To learn infant CPR, courses are offered at both Primary Children’s Hospital and McKay-Dee Hospital. To look at when classes are offered visit their websites.

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