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    CPR for Babies: Positioning Your Hands for Chest Compressions

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    If the baby is not breathing normally, find the compression landmark.

    • Kneel or stand next to the baby after putting him or her on a flat surface.
    • Picture a line connecting the nipples, and place two fingers on the baby's breastbone just below that line.
    • Use just your two fingers to press the chest at least one-third of the depth of the baby's chest [about 1.5 in. (4 cm)].

    For babies under 1 year of age, the compression rate is at least 100 compressions a minute.

    Rescue breathing is more important to do for children and babies than adults. Give 30 compressions to 2 breaths.

    Do 5 cycles of 30 compressions to 2 breaths before you call 911.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD

    Current as ofMay 23, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: May 23, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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