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Lay Person CPR On Infants

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is lay person CPR on infants?

Lay person cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure for an infant who is 1 month to 1 year old. A lay person is someone who is not a trained healthcare worker. CPR may combine chest compressions with rescue breathing or may be chest compressions only. A chest compression means you put pressure on and off the infant's chest. Rescue breathing means you give breaths to the infant through his or her mouth and nose.

What are some important things to remember about CPR on infants?

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What should I do if I find an infant who is not breathing normally?

How do I give chest compressions?

Chest compressions press the heart between the spine and sternum (breastbone). This forces blood out of the heart and to the infant's brain and body.

How do I open an infant's airway?

How do I give rescue breaths to an infant?

What can I do to help prevent respiratory and cardiac arrest in infants?

Where can I find more information about CPR?

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You have the right to help plan your baby's care. Learn about your baby's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your baby's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your baby. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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