What you need to know about infant CPR
In this Medical Matters, we take you to a crash course on how to perform CPR on your baby.
Andrew Randazzo, Prime Medical Training encourages all parents to take a class in CPR. This will not only make you feel more comfortable in an emergency setting, but will also teach you the proper way to respond.
Randazzo said if your child is unresponsive you need to first try tapping on the bottom of their feet to get a response. If they still do not react, immediately call 911. While you are waiting for an ambulance to arrive, start CPR immediately.
Take two fingers, place on bottom half of breast bone. You are going to push an inch and a half, continue compressions at a rate 100 to 120 a minute.
"The reason we jump right into CPR is because, whether or not they have a normal heart beat it's hard to tell. If you try to check a pulse on an infant, their heart can be so slow and weak you can't tell. There's been a slew of people throughout the span of several years who have not done CPR on someone who needed it because they thought they felt a pulse," said Randazzo. "What we're telling people now, you need to do CPR, go right into it."
Continue compressions until medical professionals arrive. Hands only CPR, no mouth-to-mouth. Leave that job to the professionals.
"There's already oxygen in your blood and so we can circulate the oxygen around and provide the necessary oxygen they need until medical help can arrive," said "In the city you are looking at a 5 to 10 minute response time. CPR will be sufficient for that time frame."
Next to this story you'll find a link on how to sign up for classes with Prime Medical Training.