Infant CPR–Are You Prepared?

A few months ago, a woman in my building contacted me about taking an infant CPR training course. She is a babysitter by trade (both human babies and puppy babies), and at the time I felt like it was all a ploy to get me to think, “Wow, she’s trained in this kind of stuff, in case poop hits the fan. I should hire her!” Sneaky. But also, I thought, “Shoot! Infant CPR! I should learn that! But maybe if I don’t learn it I won’t need it?”

Pretty watertight thinking there, am I right?

Of course, denying you’ll need to use emergency training is not a sure fire way to avoid needing emergency training, and so when I heard about Partners For Safety and their at-home Infant CPR training course I was all over it, and had a DVD shipped to me immediately.

And then of course it sat on the dresser for another month while I worked up the guts to watch it. Like I said, as long as I don’t know how to do it, I won’t have to . . . right?

After the jump, A POP QUIZ! To see how well you know your stuff! Get excited! (I’ll also share a few basic techniques, you know, so you’re covered should you–gulp–need it.)

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    Thanks, Partners For Safety!

(I made that quiz myself, don’t knock my rad graphic design skillz, yo.)


1. Check for breathing. If not breathing, have someone call 911. If alone, treat for 2 minutes before calling 911.

2. Place on firm, flat surface. Tilt head back slightly to open airway.

3. Cover nose and mouth with your mouth. Blow 2 gentle breaths.

4. Recheck for breathing and pulse.

5. Apply CPR: 30 chest compressions, 1/2 to one 1″ deep, then 2 breaths.

6. Continue until baby recovers or emergency help arrives.


1. Support baby’s neck with your arm.

2. Position baby face down so head is lower than body.

3. Apply 5 back blows between shoulder blades with one hand.

4. Turn baby over on back.

5. Support neck. Keep head lower than chest.

6. Apply 5 chest thrusts, using 2-3 fingers. Compress about 1″ deep.

7. Repeat process until object is removed, or until help arrives.

Article Posted 5 years Ago

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