When your infant begins to choke, it can be a scary situation. Every mother should know CPR for their babies. You will need to know in case it happens and there is no one around to help. You can’t wait for 911. You need to help your child breathe again as soon as possible.
I recommend actually attending a CPR course. The classes are short and usually you can become CPR certified in one day. If you can’t attend a CPR certification class for one reason or another, here is how you perform CPR on an infant that is choking.
Make sure you only follow these steps if you know for sure that your baby is not breathing or getting any oxygen. First, if there is someone else around, get them to dial 911. If you can dial it fast and hold the phone with your cheek and shoulder while performing CPR, that would be good. You need to make sure you are paying attention to how you are handling the baby also though. It is best if you can get someone else to dial.
Hold the baby’s head in the palm of your hand and rest the baby’s back on your arm. Your baby’s head should be facing upwards. Now use your other hand to hold down the baby’s jaw. Only hold the jaw and do not hold the whole face. Flip your baby over. Now your baby should be faced down with your hand holding it’s jaw and it’s stomach is on your arm.
Always support the baby’s head like you would normall do. It is important to be careful of that. Tilt the baby down towards your knee. You can even rest your baby on your knee while you are doing this. Make sure you are standing instead of sitting.
Now use your palm and hit the baby’s back five times. Now carefully use your hand that you just hit the baby with to cradle the head while you flip the baby over on it’s back again. You should be back in the position where the baby’s head is in your hand and it’s back is on your forearm.
Now use your two fingers to firmly press the child’s chest. You should place the two fingers in the middle of the chest and press firmly five times. If your baby is still choking, flip the baby over and repeat these steps until help arrives.
Again, in order to fully understand the proper technique so that you can administer CPR on your baby, you should try to take a CPR certification course.