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Do you think it is important to attend a first aid class if you are a mother of a newborn?

Taking a newborn home can be a stressful event. When your baby is chocking, you have to take immediate action. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (2020) these are the following instructions to follow when you find yourself in this situation.

Infant Choking:

  • Give five back blows (slaps).
  • Alternating with, give five chest compressions.
  • Alternate back blows (slaps) and chest compressions until the object is dislodged or the infant becomes unconscious/unresponsive.
  • If the infant becomes unconscious/unresponsive, begin CPR.

Infant CPR: To be used when the child is UNCONSCIOUS/UNRESPONSIVE or when breathing stops.

  • Place child on flat, hard surface.
  • Start chest compressions.
  • Place two fingers of one hand on the breastbone just below the nipple line.
  • Compress chest at least 1/3 the depth of the chest, or about 4 cm.
  • After each compression, allow chest to return to normal position. Compress chest at rate of at least 100 times per minute.
  • Do 30 compressions.
  • Open airway.
  • Open airway (head tilt–chin lift).
  • If you see a foreign body, sweep it out with your finger. Do NOT do blind finger sweeps.
  • Start rescue breathing.
  • Take a normal breath.
  • Cover infant's mouth and nose with your mouth.
  • Give two breaths, each for one second. Each breath should make the chest rise.
  • Resume chest compressions.
  • Continue with cycles of 30 compressions to two breaths.
  • After five cycles of compressions and breaths (about 2 minutes) and if no one has called emergency services, call it yourself.
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