Trainer Tips: How to perform CPR on a baby

  1. Check for a response. Gently tap or flick the sole of the baby’s foot. Never shake a baby.
  2. If there is no response, shout for help.
  3. Place the baby on a firm surface. Open the baby’s airway by placing one hand on their forehead and gently tilt the head back.
  4. Place the tip of your forefinger of your other hand on the infant’s chin and lift it. Do not push the soft tissue under the chin since this may block the airway.
  5. Check for breathing. Look, listen and feel for signs of breathing for ten seconds.
  6. Remove any visible obstructions from the mouth.
  7. Give five initial rescue breaths. Tilt the baby’s head back again, and place your lips over the baby’s mouth and nose ensuring a good seal. Blow into the baby’s mouth and nose for a second, watch for their chest rising and falling.
  8. Begin chest compressions. Place the tips of your fore and middle fingers in the centre of the baby’s chest, keeping your fingers straight. Press down vertically about a third of the depth of their chest.
    • When releasing the pressure, do not remove your fingers from the baby’s chest.
  9. Do 30 compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 per minute.
  10. If you are on your own, perform CPR for one minute before calling 99 or 112. Put your phone on loudspeaker.
  11. Give another two rescue breaths.
  12. Continue the cycle of 30 compressions and two rescue breaths until an ambulance arrives, the baby shows signs of being responsive or you are too exhausted to continue.

You can learn how to give CPR to an infant as part of our Paediatric and Baby and Child First Aid courses.

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