Infant CPR


MESA COUNTY, Colo. Photos of a 5-month-old boy in Florida fighting for his life have swept across the nation triggering an outpouring of support and concern on social media.

CPR saved the young child's life, and first responders say they recommend everyone get certified.

Brigette Balet is 38 weeks pregnant with her first child; she and her partner Jeremy are both trained in CPR.

"I think the more people that know, the better," says Balet. "You can be prepared but you're never going to know what it's like until you're in that situation."

CPR is an emergency procedure for restoring blood circulation and breathing in a person in cardiac arrest, but it's very different for adults and infants.

"The difference is the rate of breaths and compressions that you do," says Lower Valley Fire Chief, Frank Cavaliere. "A child, their heart and their system is beating much faster than an adult so what you want to do is like 100 compressions a minute whereas on an adult or a larger person you're doing about 60."

First responders train on special, infant-sized mannequins to help practice for any situation.

If you're interested in getting certified, The American Heart Association and The Red Cross give classes on both adult and infant CPR.

Some experts say chest compressions are so important, they should be done exclusively, without rescue breathing.

There are also several who say 100 compressions per minute should be done on infants as well as adults.

When delivering a rescue breath, you must first tilt the victim's head back to open the airway, pinch their nose, and then make a complete seal around their mouth.


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