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CPR for babies under 12 months: Aboriginal parents

0-1 years

When baby is unconscious

If baby is unconscious, act fast and keep calm.

Is baby breathing? If not, quickly call 000 for ambulance or take baby to clinic straight away.

Look in baby’s mouth and remove any blockage.

If baby is breathing

Is baby breathing? Look for chest rising, listen for breathing, feel if the belly is moving.

If baby IS breathing but not waking, place them over your arm face down.

Stay with baby until help arrives. Stay calm.

If baby is not breathing

If baby is NOT breathing, place baby on their back, face up. Use two finger tips between baby’s nipples. Do 30 firm chest pushes.

Fill your cheeks with air, put your mouth over baby’s mouth and nose, and give baby a gentle air puff. Do this again.

Check if baby is breathing again. If baby is still not breathing, repeat 30 firm chest pushes and then 2 gentle air puffs.

Keep doing 30 pushes, 2 puffs and check until baby starts breathing or medical help arrives.

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