CLEVELAND - Pam Oliver, a Red Cross representative, explained there are stark differences in adult and infant CPR.
Oliver said when performing CPR on an infant, you use less breath, not as much force, and you have to cover the babies whole nose and mouth. Plus, with an infant there's no need to pinch the nose.
"You're doing the same amount of compressions, 30 compressions and two breaths. It's the placement for the infant with the two fingers in the center of the chest instead of with an adult, you're using the heel of your hand and the force of your upper body," said Oliver.
She said if you see a baby choking on something, use your pinky finger to try and remove it. Don't do the Heimlich maneuver. Instead, start compressions and call 911 for help.
"You're going to look, listen and feel. You're going to look for the chest to rise and fall, listen for any breathing. If you don't hear any breathing or see the chest rise or fall then you would assume they're choking."
"You want to make sure that you're circulating the blood, that's the whole point in keeping the brain alive until more advanced medical help arrives."
The Red Cross offers CPR classes. You can contact your local Red Cross Chapter.
For more classroom registration information: http://www.redcross-cleveland.org/training/default.asp
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