First aid: Unresponsive but still breathing and unresposive and not breathing baby

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Do you know how to save your baby’s life? Are you sure what to do first? It’s really important to be sure in what you’re doing in the critical moments when your decision plays a crucial role. If you’re not sure, read the articles from our series Improve Your Skills: First Aid about first aid for babies and children.

Every new mother and father knows that babies come with a lot of delight but also with a lot of responsibility. As you know, it’s not only about feeding your baby, changing their diapers or child caring. It’s primarily about keeping your baby safe, healthy, happy and away from any harm.

Unfortunately, our babies are tender little people and there may come up moments when you’ll need to know how to take care and save the most precious thing – the baby’s life.

Let’s check how to do it right now! Today we will concentrate on first aid for a baby who is unresponsive but still breathing and baby who is unresponsive and not breathing as well.

First aid: Baby who is unresponsive but still breathing

Try to imagine the situation: you’re entering into the room and you find your little baby sleeping. When you want to wake them up, they are unresponsive. You’re trying to wake them up again and again but they still don’t respond. So, what to do now?

  • Take the child into your arms, tilt their head back and control the breathing. Tilting the head back opens the airways. If you look at their chest, you see if it’s moving and if the baby is breathing. Make sure they are breathing. If so, you can move to step two.
  • Hold the baby on the left or right side. Keep their head tilted back.
  • Call an ambulance immediately and make sure the head remains titled back.

First aid: Baby who is unresponsive and not breathing

It is worse if the baby is unresponsive and not breathing as well. What to do in that situation? Follow these instructions:

  • Transport your baby to a solid surface.
  • Tilt your baby’s head back. It opens the airways and it pulls the tongue forward.  Check if the chest is moving. Try it for one minute and not longer. Is your baby breathing now? If not, follow these instructions.
  • Ask someone to call an ambulance and start with first aid steps.
  • Give first five rescue breaths. Breath to the mouth and to the nose as well. The new oxygen is necessary if you want to keep the organs alive.
  • Then give 30 chest compressions. How to do it? Find the middle of the chest and push firmly with the two fingers there. But be careful, don’t press too firmly! Your movement will pump the blood around the baby’s body and help keep the organs (for example brain) alive.
  • Continue with two rescue breaths and 30 chest compressions. Repeat it until the ambulance arrives.

Do you know what to do now? Perfect! If you want to read more about how to save your baby’s life, wait for the next parts of our series about first aid for babies and children.