Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Infants

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a series of steps to help a person who is not responding and has stopped breathing. CPR helps deliver oxygen rich blood to the body tissue when the body is not able to do this on its own. Infant CPR should be used in babies less than 12 months of age.

  • Call for Help

    If an infant is unresponsive and someone is with you, have them call for medical help right away. If you are alone, do CPR for about two minutes before calling for medical help.

  • Definition

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a series of steps to help a person who is not responding and has stopped breathing. CPR helps deliver oxygen rich blood to the body tissue when the body is not able to do this on its own. Infant CPR should be used in babies less than 12 months of age.

    Infant Heart and Lung System
    Infant cardiopulmonary system
    Infant CPR can keep blood flowing to vital organs until professional help arrives.
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  • What to Do

  • Reasons for Procedure

    CPR is given when an infant has stopped breathing. Reasons for this may include:

    • Trauma
    • Choking
    • Drowning
    • Electrical and lightning shocks
    • Severe infection
    • Severe allergic reaction

    The outcome will depend on the cause and how soon effective CPR was started. Many victims are unable to regain a normal heartbeat after it has stopped.

  • Possible Complications


    It is possible that
    ribs will fracture
    or break during chest compressions.

    Greater risk is involved if CPR is delayed or not done correctly.