Do you know how to administer CPR or the Heimlich maneuver in babies and kids? If your answer is no, well, you should. Mind you, knowing how to perform these emergency maneuvers on adults is entirely different when performing it on babies and kids.
Here something else that you should know: Passed out or unconscious babies and children should always be in the proper recovery position to make sure their airways are clear and open. Sadly, not many parents know this. What's more alarming is that more parents shook their babies—an ultimate NO-NO!—while some parents slapped the kids or had water flicked on to their faces in an attempt to wake them up. These actually put your baby or child at a higher risk for being admitted in the hospital after the incident, according to new research.
The new study published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood found that only a quarter of parents correctly out their babies and children in the proper recovery position after they have passed out or become unconscious. Researchers said the putting babies and kids in the recovery position can greatly lower the risk for being admitted in the hospital after the incident. (Ergo, less hassle and health bills to pay.)
Alan Weir, head of clinical services at St John Ambulance, added that the recovery position not only keeps the airway open, but also prevent the patient from "choking on their tongue or breathing in any vomit," he said to Huff Post UK.
"It is so simple to do. It's a simple maneuver that can be performed by even a six-year-old," study lead author Dr. Luigi Titomanlio told the BBC. Here’s how to put a baby in the recovery position, according to a video by St. John Ambulance. Watch:
For adults and children aged one and older, here are a step-by-step instructions:
Kneel next to the patient on the floor, and place his arm nearest you at a right angle to their body, with their palm facing upwards.
Take their other arm (the arm farthest to you), place it across their chest, and tuck the back of that hand under the opposite cheek. With your other hand, lift the far knee (same side of the arm tucked under the cheek), and pull it up until their foot is flat on the floor.
Then, carefully pull on their bent knee and roll them towards you.
Check that their airway is open. To do this, tilt their head back, gently tilt their chin forward and make sure that their airway will stay open and clear.
Call for an emergency response team or an ambulance.
Pediatrician and lecturer at St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine Dr. Sylvia Bernardino stresses that while first-aid classes is a must for parents, thay can start protecting their kids by “knowing the key developments that characterize the particular life stage your baby is currently in is the first step in anticipating and pre-empting any possible dangers,” she says.
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Sources January 26, 2016. "Parents Must Always Put Unconscious Children And Babies In Recovery Position, Doctor Warns" (huffingtonpost.co.uk) January 26, 2016. "Recovery position 'a must for unconscious children and babies'" (bbc.com)