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Tuesday 1 March 2016

Baby First Aid - Would You Know What to Do?

Would you know what to do if your baby were unconscious and not breathing? A baby not breathing is the most frightening scenario that many parents can think of. Three out of four parents in a St John Ambulance survey admit this and yet only one in four knows how to correctly administer baby CPR. Many of us may have learned our first aid skills through a workplace first aid course but baby CPR isn't performed in the same way as it is for adults and only 1 in 4 parents has learned how to do this specifically for babies.

St John Ambulance has launched Nursery Rhymes Inc., a campaign that teaches parents and parents to be about how to help a baby who’s stopped breathing. The campaign features everyone’s favourite nursery rhyme characters who’ve come together to create a memorable rhyme to explain the technique. Incy Wincy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, Jack & Jill, and the Cat & the Fiddle all appear in a TV ad sand a longer online video which is intended to make baby CPR truly unforgettable in just two minutes with a catchy song.

To celebrate the campaign, St John Ambulance is putting on special baby first aid courses for parents, carers, and parents-to-be for just £25 + VAT. To find your nearest course, or watch more first aid videos and advice, go to

If you are unsure how to perform CPR on a baby, you can also consult the St John Ambulance website for tips on first aid for parents. As a summary:-

1. Call 999/112 for an ambulance
If you’re on your own, you need to give one minute’s worth of CPR before you can call for help, taking your baby with you.
2. 5 puffs
Put your lips around their mouth and nose and blow steadily for up to one second. Give five puffs in total.
3. 30 pumps
Using two fingers in the centre of the chest, give 30 pumps at a rate of 100-120 per minute
4. Repeat, but with 2 puffs and 30 pumps until help arrives
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