New parents do everything in their power to protect their babies but still sometimes it’s tough to know exactly how to give infant CPR and first aid to a choking newborn.
There’s much to think about and consider when it comes to CPR in newborns. In this article we’ll cover 10 CPR and first aid tips for new parents.
Learn Infant CPR And First Aid
Enroll in a Pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid class to learn how to react to emergencies including sudden cardiac arrest, choking, allergic reactions and other emergencies that can affect your baby or child.
Prepare or Purchase a First Aid Kit And Create a List of Emergency Numbers
A well prepared first aid kit should have an arsenal of emergency items including antihistamines, mild soap, Aloe Vera, band aids, antiseptic, antibacterial ointment and and any other emergency essential that is appropriate for a baby. Preparing a list of emergency contacts that include your local emergency number and poison control.
NEVER Leave Your Baby or Child Unattended
It only takes seconds for an accident or an emergency to happen. Parents should not leave their children alone for too long. Make sure to be aware of your child and where they’re at all times.
Learn How To Stop Choking In Your Infant
Take one of our online courses to learn how to properly stop choking in any age group. To stop your newborn from choking, you must perform five back blows between the infant’s shoulder blades. You will then flip the baby over and perform 5 infant chest compressions in the middle of your child’s chest. Repeat until the item comes out or the baby becomes unconscious. Once the infant is unconscious you will need to perform CPR.
Manage Insect Bites
Try applying an ice cube on a child or infant’s insect bite for a couple of minutes to reduce swelling and pain. Call your doctor if your child was stung near the mouth or the area seems to be getting larger or is oozing.
Learn how To Relieve Burns For Your Child or Infant
Infant burns need to be cooled under cool running water for about 10 minutes. Remove your child’s clothes if the burn is large or severe. Aloe vera is also very soothing for burns and sunburns.
Infant And Child Head Injuries
Child and infant head injuries require medical attention if the blow or injury is significant, your child or baby becomes drowsy or vomits, or the child is acting abnormally. It’s always better to be safe and sorry. Call 911 when you need to.
Learn how Stop Nosebleeds
Nosebleeds are a common issue in children and are usually not a big problem. All you need to do is pinch your baby’s or child’s nose for about 10-20 minutes. If the nosebleed continues, you can call a doctor.
Lower Your Child Or Infant’s Fever Temperature
If your baby is hot, has flushed clammy skin and is sweating, they may be experiencing a fever. Remove your child’s unneeded clothing and check its temperature. Call your pediatrician or doctor, if confirmed.
Learn To Properly Clean And Treat Wounds
Make sure to wash your hands before treating any open wound. Once your hands are washed, you can clean the wound, apply antibacterial ointment to the wound and cover it with bandages.
We hope these infant emergency tips were helpful and will help save you some time and energy!