CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is pushing down on a person's chest and breathing into his or her mouth. It's used in emergencies when someone's heart stops beating, or when he or she is not breathing normally (may be gasping for breath) or is not breathing at all.
Most babies never need rescue breathing or CPR. But if they do, the best thing you can do is be prepared. Talk to your doctor or take a class to learn how to do rescue breathing and CPR, and then use these instructions as a reference.
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are in many public places. Before you use an AED, follow all the steps for CPR.
To use an AED, place it next to the baby and turn it on. The AED will tell you what to do next.
Step 1: Check to see if the baby is conscious.
Step 2: Start chest compressions.
Step 3: Rescue breaths.
If the baby is breathing, watch for any changes until emergency services arrive.
Talk with your doctor or nurse if you have questions about how to do rescue breathing and CPR.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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