Knowing first aid procedures can save your child’s life. The Muskingum Valley Red Cross says the best time to learn these techniques is before the child is born.
One thing every parent-to-be should know is how to aid a choking infant. You cannot do abdominal thrusts, because it will injure the baby. You must turn the baby over and let their head hang slightly down.
"Thump her five times right between the shoulder blades, that’s the strongest party of a baby’s body," says Julie Davis, Muskingum Valley Red Cross.
Then turn the baby over and do five compressions using two fingers. Next look in the baby’s mouth to see if you can see the item. Continue the process until the item is freed. If the baby is crying or coughing it is not choking.
One of the biggest safety measures you can take is learning CPR.
The most important thing to remember if you have an infant that stops breathing is ABC.
A is for Airway. You need to make sure to open the baby’s airway by tipping its head back, but don’t tip it too far back.
"You’re only going to tip her head just till the end of her nose is pointing up in the air," says Davis.
Next is B for breathing. Put your hand on the baby’s stomach and your ear to the baby’s mouth to check to see if it’s breathing. If it is not give the infant two small breaths.
"For a baby it only takes what you exhale in a sigh to inflate a baby’s lungs, so you’re not going to be blowing as hard into the baby’s lungs and when you’re doing the ventilations you put your mouth over the baby’s mouth and nose," she says.
Finally, C is for Circulation. Give the baby 30 quick compressions.
"You want to put two fingers in the middle of her chest like at the nipple line and you want to do thirty compressions and it’s pretty much as fast as you can go," says Davis.
Continue giving breathes and compressions until the baby wakes up and begins crying or help arrives.
If you’re interested in taking a CPR or first aid class contact the Muskingum Valley Red Cross at 452-2731.