CPR for Babies: Positioning Your Hands for Chest Compressions
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
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Current as ofMay 23, 2014